Suppose business college A first debuted in 2000. It opened its first business course in 2000, and the course will finish in 2004. In 2001 it opened a second course, and students who enrolled in 2001 will graduate in 2005.

What should we call the students who graduated in 2004? Can I say “a first generation of business graduates in college A”, or is there any better term?

Of course, the students who graduated in 2005 are not the first generation of business graduates in college A.

  • Foundation corpus?
    – WS2
    Jun 16 '15 at 13:20
  • the inaugural class
    – Fattie
    Jun 16 '15 at 14:43
  • @WS2 do you have evidence supporting the use of "corpus" for "a group of students graduating at the same time"?
    – phoog
    Jun 16 '15 at 15:39
  • @phoog I'm afraid not. I was shooting in the dark.
    – WS2
    Jun 16 '15 at 15:58
  • I don’t understand what you mean by course. A course never lasts four years. It is typically a quarter or semester long.
    – tchrist
    Aug 2 '15 at 14:00

Inaugural - happening as the first one in a series of similar events

Merriam Webster Dictionary

So this could be the '2004 inaugural class of graduates of Business College A'

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