Class Years & Degrees

In College publications, always mention the alum’s class year in the first reference.


Present Century

Class of 2009
Suzanne Lunde, Class of 2009
Suzanne Lunde ’09
The apostrophe points to the left.



Classes from previous centuries that duplicate numerals of classes in the present century should be written in full.

John Smith, Class of 1906
John Smith II ’60 (referring to 1960)
John Smith III ’06 (referring to 2006)


John Smith, Class of 1855



Try to avoid using the .5 designation because it is very difficult to verify in Banner, does not necessarily mean anything to older alumni, and becomes cumbersome.

Febs choose whether to be affiliated with the class that graduated before or after them, and this is generally reflected in Banner.

Marcia Long (graduated in February 2011) may choose either Marcia Long ’10 or Marcia Long ’11.

Exception: On those rare occasions when individuals insist on the .5 designation and supply the information themselves: Marcia Long ’10.5


Language Schools & Advanced Degrees

Betty Smith MA’90
Clint Underwood ’90, MA’95
Betty Smith, MA French ’90
Thomas Horn, MA English ’02
Clint Underwood ’90, MA Spanish ’95

Betty Smith ’90, MS (MIIS) ’10
Peter Lang, MPA (MIIS) ’12
Lucinda Lander, MA (MIIS) ’12
John Jones, MBA (MIIS) ’08

Mark Thane, Hon DArt ’10
James Caldwell, Hon LHD ’01
Suzanne Proctor, Hon DLitt ’96

Rule of thumb for spacing with advanced degrees and complex combinations: If a comma follows the person’s name, then place one space between each element that follows.


Parents & Grandparents

Jennifer Jenkins P’90
Jeremiah Long P’80, P’90, GP’07


Combinations of Degrees

Lucille Taft ’82, MA French ’85
Sylvester Sinclair ’10, MA (MIIS) ’13


Combinations of Degrees and Relationships

Jennifer Lee ’90, MA English ’94, P’14
Frederick Favre ’48, MA Spanish ’60, P’62 ’68, GP’90


Combinations of People

John Major ’90 and Lucille Johnson ’91
Benjamin ’80 and Alice Smith Right ’80 (maiden name is Smith)
Susan James Johnston ’95 and James Johnston
The alum is always listed first.


Maiden Names

James ’00 and Melissa Thompson Fredericks ’02 (maiden name is Thompson)

Maiden names should be used in College publications so that alumni will be able to recognize classmates. In running text, they can be put in parentheses if needed.


On Name Tags

For the small area on nametags, it’s fine to amend these rules to fit the space.

For example, Jeremiah Long P’80, P’90, GP’07 could be changed to
Jeremiah Long P’80’90G’07.


On Invitations/Talks/Programs

Any of the designations above may be used on invitations. The class year and degree may be spelled out for more formal treatments.



You are cordially invited to a lecture
New Trends in French Cuisine
and buffet luncheon
at the home of
Cecile Jacobs Smith ’90, MA French ’98
and Joshua Smith ’90


Degrees granted by Middlebury College:

BA—Bachelor of Arts (also, AB—artium baccalaureus)
MA—Master of Arts
MBA—Master of Business Administration (MIIS)
MLitt—Master of Letters
MPA—Master of Public Administration (MIIS)
MS—Master of Science
DML—Doctor of Modern Languages

Honorary Degrees

LHD—Doctor of Humane Letters (Hon LHD)
DArt—Doctor of Art (Hon DArt)
DLitt—Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt)