Alumni? Alumnus? Alumna?

Last year in 2016, the McNamara Alumni Center sales team gave 250 tours of our meeting rooms to event planners. It’s very common for someone on the tour to proudly exclaim, “I’m a University of Minnesota alumni!” This makes me cringe. Not because he or she went to the U of M but because he or she misused the word ‘alumni’. Here’s a quick grammar lesson:

  • ALUMNA: a woman who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university. The plural form is alumnae.
  • ALUMNUS: a man who has attended or has graduated from a particular school, college, or university. The plural form, including mixed men and women, is ALUMNI.

The McNamara Alumni Center is home to 466,000 living alumni from around the world. The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is located on the second floor of the McNamara Alumni Center and can help you stay involved with your alma mater. Introduce others to the University of Minnesota by suggesting your company’s next Board meeting, award celebration or other event be at the McNamara Alumni Center!