Identify past and current students by their class years with an apostrophe ( ’, not ‘) before the year.
alum—masculine or feminine singular
alums, alumni—masculine or mixed plurals
Right: Fred ’50 and Mary Smith Jones ’53 were active in the Waterville Colby Club.
Right: Mary (Smith) ’53 and Fred Jones ’50 were active in the Waterville Colby Club.
If a person has more than one degree, place a comma between the class years.
Avoid using possessives with class year. Find another construction
Wrong: Robert W. Burke ’61’s daughter, Kelly Burke Corwen ’83
Right: Kelly Burke Corwen ’83, daughter of Robert W. Burke ’61
Catalogue Rule: Do not list honorary degrees from other institutions. Regarding highest degrees earned at other institutions: if undergraduate, it should precede Colby honorary degree; if advanced, it should follow Colby honorary master’s degree and Colby honorary doctorate.
Right: Peter D. Hart ’64, M.A. ’89, LL.D. ’85
Right: Robert N. Anthony ’38, M.A. ’59, L.H.D. ’63, M.B.A., D.C.S.