Alumni have always been an important constituency of the Notre Dame family. They often return home to their Alma Mater independently and as part of organized groups. The first weekend in June has been designated as Alumni Reunion weekend, where Notre Dame welcomes back all her students, particularly those who celebrate their anniversaries on the fives and tens.
The Society of the Associated Alumni first organized in 1868 and held many Reunions into the 1870s, but it faded near the turn of the century. In 1908, University President Rev. John W. Cavanaugh, CSC, sent invitations to all Alumni to return to their Alma Mater for Commencement, and thus reinstating the tradition of the annual Alumni Reunion.
Activities for this year’s Reunion will be similar to those in the past — meeting up with old friends and professors and their families, attending Masses and Class banquets, and ambling about an ever-changing campus.
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“Alumni’ is the plural term of “alumnus,” which is a graduate of a school, college, or university. It can be expanded to include former members of various institutions or organizations.
The Notre Dame Alumni Association defines a Notre Dame alumnus as “Any person who holds an undergraduate or graduate degree from Notre Dame, and any person who has matriculated at the University and is approved for membership by the Alumni Board of Directors, shall be a regular member of the Alumni Association.”
Alumni is Latin, which is a gender-based language, so the terms change depending on gender and number:
alumnus = male singular (one male graduate)
alumna = female singular (one female graduate)
alumni = male plural or mixed plural (more than one male graduate or a mix of male and female graduates)
alumnae = female plural (more than one female graduate)
I never have quite figured out what an alumni is. Can someone define it please?
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