An alumnus (plural alumni) of a college, university, or other school is a former student. The word is Latin and simply means student. The term is not synonymous with “graduate”; one can be an alumnus without graduating. An alumnus can also be a former member, employee, contributor, or inmate.

The term is sometimes informally shortened to “alum”. Alumni reunions are popular events at many institutions. They are usually organized by alumni associations and are often social occasions for fundraising.

Coming soon – a directory of alumni resources in South Africa