Facts & figures
- 380,000 alumni worldwide
- 350 USYD gown variations
- 1912 When the tradition of throwing graduation headgear started.
- 'Alumni' From the Latin word ‘alere’, then ‘alumnus’ which was Roman for foster child. Around the 17th century it took on the meaning we use today.
- Alumnus or alumna? A male graduate and a female graduate respectively.
- Graduand Someone who passed their exams but hasn't officially graduated yet.
- Mortarboard It looks like the board that bricklayers use to hold the mortar. Its real name is a trencher cap.