After two consecutive semesters at Emory, students are officially considered alumni. This is in honor of Robert Woodruff, who, after two semesters at Emory, left to run Coca-Cola; his gift back to the school forever changed the landscape of Emory.
Each year, eligible students are inducted into the alumni community at a special pinning ceremony attended by faculty, staff, family, and local alumni. This ceremony also automatically inducts the students in the Student Alumni Association (SAA). The SAA connects current students with Emory University alumni and encourages students to be active alumni themselves upon graduating.