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Who are alumni?

thomas4881thomas4881 Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
Are alumni graduates or students? It appears Universities disagree on this issue from what I've read.


noun (Plural alumni)

A graduate or former student, especially a male one, of a particular school, college, or university.
‘a Harvard alumnus’

Replies to: Who are alumni?

  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 3,237 Senior Member
    I always thought an alumnus or alumna was a graduate and not just someone who attended for a period of time and either transferred or dropped out and certainly not a current student. The above definition is incorrect, in my mind.
  • lookingforwardlookingforward Registered User Posts: 30,892 Senior Member
    Including former students (who didn't graduate) is considered by many colleges to open the pool of contacts, for all sorts of reasons. But for pull or legacy, some college will expect the parent (or whatever) to have completed their program.
  • thomas4881thomas4881 Registered User Posts: 165 Junior Member
    That's what I thought too, but Harvard still includes Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg on their alumni list.
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