Given that it was the motto of the University of Bologna in Italy, founded 1088, in many modern languages it is usually and principally heard as a term of academia. Thus in the English language it is used as a sobriquet for the university or college a person has attended. In American English, it is also heard in reference to a high school or elementary school.
Alma mater is sometimes the incipit of a school's anthem or song, and may be taken as a title for the genre. The term is more familiar in the United States than in the United Kingdom. In the United States, the term often refers to the entire school song as opposed to simply the opening.
The word matriculation is derived from the Latin root word mater. The term suggests that the students are fed knowledge and taken care of by the educational institution. From Wikipedia.
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