An alumnus (plural alumni) is a graduate of a school, college, or university. An alumnus can also be a former member, employee, contributor or inmate as well as a former student. In addition, an alumna (pl. alumnae) is a female graduate or former student of a school, college, or university. If a group includes both genders, even if there is only one male, the plural form alumni is used. The Latin noun alumnus means foster son, pupil and is derived from the verb alere to nourish. An alumnus or alumna is a former student and most often a graduate of an educational institution (school, college, university). According to the United States Department of Education, the term alumnae is used in conjunction with either women's colleges or a female group of students. The term alumni is used in conjunction with either men's colleges, a male group of students, or a mixed group of students: The term is sometimes shortened to alum, which stands for an alumna or alumnus. Alumni (a plural form) is often incorrectly used as a singular form for both genders; for example, I am an alumni of the university, as opposed to I am an alumnus/alumna of the university. This usage is
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