Editorial Style Guide

Stacey Himmelberger




Preferred spelling; not “Chanukah.”

half-century annalist/half-century annalist's letter
Traditionally presented during Reunion Weekend by a member of the 50th reunion class. Lowercase: He will give the half-century annalist’s letter. He will serve as his class’s half-century annalist.

Acronym for Hamilton Alumni Leadership Training program. HALT on second reference.

Hamilton College
On first reference with external audiences, use Hamilton College. It is not necessary to use “College” on second reference; Hamilton can stand alone. When referring specifically to Hamilton, capitalize College on second reference.

Hamilton graphic identity
For guidelines on usage of the Hamilton logo (wordmark plus cupola) and wordmark, athletic logo, College typeface, colors, stationery and business cards, refer to the Hamilton College Style Guide.

Hamilton logo/wordmark must be represented on all Hamilton College print and electronic communications.

  • Hamilton logo for print and electronic media.
  • Hamilton colors are buff and blue. For print publications that utilize the College’s official colors: Blue=PMS 288; Buff=PMS 465.
  • Hamilton seal is reserved for official College documents and should not be used in place of the Hamilton logo.
  • Hamilton typeface is Goudy for print publications. For correspondence, the preferred font is Times New Roman; for the Web, Arial and Verdana.

Hamilton in France
Formerly Junior Year in France.

Hamilton Program in Washington
Not Term in Washington.

Acronym for Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity. HAVOC on second reference.

Acronym for Higher Education Opportunity Program. The official name of the program is Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program. HEOP is still acceptable on second reference and in informal use as a modifier: A HEOP student, Jim Smith ’15 gave the address.

Hill, the
Short for College Hill. Capitalize when using as a synonym for Hamilton, usually in communications to alumni or the campus community.

Hill Card
Card issued to members of the Hamilton community that serves as their campus ID and provides access to residence halls and a number of campus services. Capitalize.

his or her
Although grammatically correct, avoid the use of “his or her”: Everyone should take his or her seat. Instead rewrite: The students should take their seats.

When preceded by an article, use “a”: The event marked a historic occasion.

home page
Two words. Lowercase.

One word.

honorary degree
Designate an individual who holds an honorary degree from Hamilton with an “H” before the year the degree was awarded (no space between the “H” and year): John “Bucky” Pizzarelli H’03 performed. For clarification, however, consider instead on first reference: John “Bucky” Pizzarelli, who received an honorary degree from Hamilton in 2003, performed.

Upon graduation, students may earn honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude. No italics.

Refers to the long-standing tradition of Hamilton fraternities, which hosted these much-anticipated events several times a year. One word and lowercase: He met his future wife at a houseparty.


initials, with names
Do not use a space between two or more initials: Robert S.J. Smith ’54.

in memoriam
Not “in memorium.”

insure, ensure
See “ensure, insure.”

One word, no hyphen.


no hyphen.

intramural sports
See “sports teams.”

Use “regardless” or “irrespective.”

its, it
Its is possessive. It’s is a contraction of “it is.”



journal, magazine titles
Italicize. See “composition titles.”

Jr., Sr., III, IV
Use a comma before Jr. and Sr. However, do not place a comma before III or IV.

Not “judgement.”



kick off, kick-off, kickoff

Kirkland College alumnae
Designate a graduate of Kirkland College with a “K” before the class year (no space between “K” and class year): Elizabeth Smith Jones K’76. See “alumni names, class years.”



law degree
Avoid the abbreviated J.D.: He received his law degree from George Washington University. See “academic degrees.”

less, fewer
See “fewer, less.”

Levitt Scholars

liberal arts
Plural when used as a noun: The liberal arts are at the heart of the Hamilton experience. As an adjective, it will most likely modify a singular noun and take a singular verb; do not hyphenate: A liberal arts education is the best preparation for a fulfilling life.

One word.

log in, log off, log out
Two words when used as a verb: Go log in to your computer to make a gift.

login, logoff, logout
One word as a noun or adjective: The most common login password is 1234.

See “Hamilton graphic identity.”

One word as an adjective: He is a longtime supporter of the arts.

Do not hyphenate between adverbs ending in -ly and adjectives they modify: An easily remembered rule; the nationally ranked soccer team.