Southeast Missouri State University

Dates

  1. Always use Arabic figures, without st, nd, rd or th.
    ie. Dec. 1 not Dec. 1st
  2. When referring to a span of time, hyphenation is acceptable.
    Correct
    The carnival is scheduled for Sept. 23-26.
    Incorrect
    The carnival is scheduled for Sept. 23 to Sept. 26.
  3. When referring to the time of an event use the following sequence
    1. time
    2. date
    3. place
      ie. The Merit Award Dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Show Me Center
  4. Capitalize the names of months in all uses. When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. Spell out when using alone, or with a year alone.

    ie. Jan. 5

    ie. June 23

    ie. Spring semester classes at Southeast Missouri State University begin in January.

    ie. The new cybersecurity program began in August 2011.
  5. When a phrase lists only a month and a year, do not separate the year with commas. When a phrase refers to a month, day and year, set off the year with commas.

    ie. Registration for student parking permits opens in July 2013.

    ie. Commencement is planned for May 11, 2013, in the Show Me Center.

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