• Use figures with a colon to separate hours and minutes — 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; do not use ciphers when just the hour is used — 2 p.m., not 2:00 p.m. Lowercase a.m. and p.m. Use noon or midnight instead of 12 a.m. or 12 p.m.

  • Spell out the day of the week, except in tabular material. For tabular material only: use these abbreviations, without periods: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat.

  • When a month is used with a specific date, abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec.  Spell out when using month without a date, or with a year alone. 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, do not use a comma after the year. Examples: January 1972 was a cold month. The course begins May 12. Feb. 14, 1976 was the target date.

  • Use the date without a year if it is within the current year. Use the year with a date if referring to future or past years: July 4, 1776 or July 4, 2076.

  • Use figures without letters in dates: April 1, not April 1st, March 15, not March 15th.

  • Spell out references to particular centuries and decades: twentieth century; in the sixties; but the 1930s.

  • Presentation of event times and locations should be placed in the following order: time, date, place. For Metropolitan State locations, place should be broken down into the sequence: campus, building, room. Examples: 8–10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 29, Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul (address included when needed) Room 306; noon–2:15 p.m., Monday, May 17, Saint Paul Campus, New Main, Room L104.