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Alumnus – a neutral term for graduates of any gender
Alumni – a neutral term for multiple graduates of any gender
Alum/alums – avoid using this term
Emeritus – a neutral term for professors of any gender who have retired with distinction
Emeriti - a neutral term for multiple professors of any gender who have retired with distinction
“Faculty” may be singular or plural. Use “faculty members” if you don’t like using faculty as a plural noun.
- There are 14 faculty members in the department.
- The department has 14 faculty.
Honorary doctorate, honorary degree – For these two terms, honorary is not spelled ‘honourary’ as would be expected in Canadian spelling. But, an “honours” degree or a degree with “honours” is correct.
While the prefix “post” usually takes a hyphen, it does not take a hyphen for postdoctoral, postdoctorate, postgraduate. Post-secondary is hyphenated.
Do not hyphenate “grade point average” (GPA) or “cumulative grade point average” (CGPA). When giving a student’s GPA, reference it to the highest available GPA (4.33).
Dominique Dunne, an engineering science student, earned a grade point average of 3.6 out of a possible 4.33.