Writing Standards

Apply the writing standards found here to all university publications.

If you can't find what you're looking for, please consult the Associated Press Stylebook and/or contact Institutional Marketing at identity@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-2525. 

For questions concerning donor named spaces or programs, please contact Rachel Hull in University Development at hullrach@gvsu.edu  or (616) 331-5703.

Clear

Numbers

General

  • alumni graduation year

    When including the graduation years of alumni in sentences, commas are placed after the person’s name and after the year (Jane Doe, ’99, now owns her own company.)

    For multiple graduation years use an & (Jane Doe, ’99 & ’02, said she is glad... or Jane Doe, ’99, ’00 & ’02, said she is glad...")

    When including the graduation years of alumni in lists, pull quotes, or internal email signatures, use Name ’XX. For example:

           Jane Doe ’99
           John Doe ’00 & ’01

           "I love Grand Valley with all my heart."
           - Jane Doe '17

          John Doe '16
          Manager
          ABC Department

    A closing apostrophe (’), not an opening apostrophe (‘), appears in front of the date. You may need to copy and paste a closing apostrophe from another place in your document to ensure the proper usage.

    When using a class year for a current student, use the term "Class of XXXX." For example:

    Jane Doe, Class of 2020, is a math major from Allendale, Michigan.

    The class year can be established by checking Banner and then confirming with the student.

A

General

  • alumni graduation year

    When including the graduation years of alumni in sentences, commas are placed after the person’s name and after the year (Jane Doe, ’99, now owns her own company.)

    For multiple graduation years use an & (Jane Doe, ’99 & ’02, said she is glad... or Jane Doe, ’99, ’00 & ’02, said she is glad...")

    When including the graduation years of alumni in lists, pull quotes, or internal email signatures, use Name ’XX. For example:

           Jane Doe ’99
           John Doe ’00 & ’01

           "I love Grand Valley with all my heart."
           - Jane Doe '17

          John Doe '16
          Manager
          ABC Department

    A closing apostrophe (’), not an opening apostrophe (‘), appears in front of the date. You may need to copy and paste a closing apostrophe from another place in your document to ensure the proper usage.

    When using a class year for a current student, use the term "Class of XXXX." For example:

    Jane Doe, Class of 2020, is a math major from Allendale, Michigan.

    The class year can be established by checking Banner and then confirming with the student.