Dates and Times

Use figures only for the days of the month, omitting st, nd, rd or th: May 1, not May 1st.

When the month, day, and year are included, place a comma between the date and the year. However, it’s generally not necessary to include the year.

Example: Spring Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, 2014.

If the day is included, abbreviate the following months as such: Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. If the day is not included, spell out the month. Never abbreviate the shorter months: March, April, May, June, and July.

Do not abbreviate or use a comma if the month stands alone or with the year only.

Example: The December 2010 Commencement will be livestreamed on

When expressing time, use a.m. or p.m. and figures only. If the beginning and ending time are both in the a.m. or p.m., use the time stamp only after the second figure.

8:30 a.m., 7 p.m., noon, and midnight
7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., noon to 3 p.m.

When used in copy, include the time, day, and date in that respective order, spelling out the weekday.

The second annual SpectacUALR event will honor Dr. Jack Schilden at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Jack Stephens Center.
Join the Alumni Association for Taste of Little Rock, an annual scholarship fundraising event, from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the Bailey Alumni Center.