Style Guide - Alumni Rules

UC Style Guide

Alumni References

Which Form To Use

When referring to alumni of Utica College, there are:
  • four spellings, and
  • five situations deal with. Here is how it works:




...when referring to:


feminine, singular


feminine, plural
(rhymes with "she")

masculine, singular
masculine, plural


both masculine and
feminine, plural

Never use the abbreviation "alum" in formal writing.

Back to Top               Back to Index

Class Year

Always identify current students and alumni by their class years. This designation is set off with an apostrophe before the numerals, but no commas before or after.
  • Judith B. Gorman '64 is an alumna of Utica College.
  • James Franklin '07 is a biology major.

(Note: If you are using a program or a font that employs "smart" quotes, be sure to employ a single "end" quote for the apostrophe, not a "start" quote.) 

Back to Top               Back to Index

Multiple UC Bachelor's Degrees

If an alumna/us has earned multiple bachelor's degrees at UC, use the following convention:
  • Andrea Fumilia '86, '92 is now a senior school administrator.

Back to Top               Back to Index

Graduate, Medical, Professional, and Honorary Degrees

UC has special rules for identification of alumni with professional or advanced degrees:

Rule One -- When referring to an alumnus/a who has earned a medical, doctoral, or other advanced degree at another institution, instead of using the title "Doctor" preceding the name, place the degree designation after the alumnus/a's UC class year:
  • Julie Mulder '80, Ph.D. is a specialist in biochemistry.
  • Frank P. Smith '56, M.D. is planning to attend Homecoming.
  • NOT: Doctor Frank P. Smith '56
    (This implies the year is in reference to his M.D. when it refers to his UC bachelor's degree.)

Treat professional degrees in the same manner:

  • Annamaria Chavez '96, C.P.A. is now head of an accounting firm.

Rule Two -- If an alumnus/a has earned both his/her bachelor's and graduate degrees at UC, use the following convention:

  • Christine Ominski '92, G'02 has opened a physical therapy practice.
    (UC graduate degree year is preceded by a "G".)

Rule Three -- In the case of an honorary degree from Utica College, use the same convention, placing an "H" before the graduate degree year:

  • Congressman Sherwood Boehlert '61, H'94 is planning a campus visit.


Back to Top               Back to Index


Joe Perry
Web Content Manager
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502-4892

(315) 792-3026
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502