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.
Acronym for Hamilton Alumni Recruitment Team. HART on second reference.
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 logos, College colors, mascot and seal, refer to the Graphic Identity Style Guide.
Hamilton in France
Formerly Junior Year in France.
Hamilton Program in Washington
Not Term in Washington.
Hamilton’s annual triathlon and walk. One word.
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.
Short for College Hill. Capitalize when using as a synonym for Hamilton, usually in communications to alumni or the campus community.
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” and not “an”: The event marked a historic occasion.
Two words. Lowercase.
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.
Not “in memorium.”
See “ensure, insure.”
One word, no hyphen.
See “sports teams.”
First (not firstly)
Second (not secondly)
Most important (not most importantly)
Use “regardless” or “irrespective.”
Its is possessive. It’s is a contraction of “it is.”
If the object or objects belong to the union of two or more people, show possession only for the last possessor listed: Steve and Mary’s wedding. If, however, the object or objects belong to each individual, show possession for all possessors: Steve’s and Mary’s vows were beautiful.
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.
kick off, kickoff
Use kickoff as a noun: The campaign kickoff. The kickoff was spotted on the 10-yard line.
Use kick off as a verb: The event will kick off Reunion Weekend.
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.”
Avoid the abbreviated J.D.: He received his law degree from George Washington University. See “academic degrees.”
See “fewer, less.”
Levitt Leaders are students chosen to participate in the Levitt Leadership Institute. Capitalize.
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.
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 “Graphic Identity Style Guide.”
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.