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Alumnus? Alumnae? Alumni?

What is the right word?

If you're a male, you're an alumnus.
If there are a group of males together, you're alumni.

If you're female, you're alumna.
A group of females is called alumnae. 

However, if a group is made up of men and women, you're alumni again.

That is why you see "alumni" most often; it can be gender neutral.

Are you following all of this? Alumnus, alumna, alumnae, alumni, all comes from the Latin words "alumnus" which means foster child and "alere," which means to nourish.


Contact the UWindsor Alumni Association

Alumni Affairs and Donor Communications
Welcome Centre, University of Windsor

Wyandotte at Patricia
Windsor, ON  N9B 3P4
519-971-3618
alumni@uwindsor.ca