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Editorial Style Guide

Academic Terms and Usage

Alumni and Class Years
alumnus (singular masculine)
alumni (plural masculine; use for a collective body of men and women)
alumna (singular feminine)
alumnae (plural feminine; use when referring to women only)
alum/alums (only for informal use)

For alumni listings, the year (and degree, if included) may be listed with or without parentheses, but consistency should be maintained within the document:

  • Undergraduate degree: Jane Doe ’91; John Doe, Class of ’91
  • Graduate degree: Jane Doe MFA ’91
  • More than one Purchase degree, earned in different years: Jane Doe ’91, MFA ’94; John Doe BA ’91, MusB ’93, MM ’95
  • Purchase graduate with a degree from another institution: Jane Doe ’91, MD
  • When referring to a former student who attended but did not earn a degree at Purchase College, use the dates of attendance: Jane Doe ’89–’91
  • Capitalize class when referring to a specific class: John Doe, Class of ’91




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