help me sign my letter!
March 19, 2010 2:29 PM   Subscribe

Here's my painfully specific waste of a question. I'm writing a letter to someone important at my alma mater. This letter is coming from me specifically as an alumn. My brain is fried and I cannot for the life of me figure out how to best format my signature block - I know I've seen this before but I'm having trouble.

So, like:

ABC University
Ill-advised Major, 199x

B.S., Major, '9X

ABC University
Spring 199x

Or other? There's probably no standard but I really want this thing to look perfect. Please help. Kind of time sensitive. Thank you!
posted by peep to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'd go with the second one.
posted by decathecting at 2:32 PM on March 19, 2010

B.S., Major, '9X

I don't have the definitive answer but this is the form that looks the most familiar to me. The other two might imply that you work for the university.
posted by Jacqueline at 2:32 PM on March 19, 2010

If you have colleges, I've also seen:

collegename '9x
posted by smackfu at 2:43 PM on March 19, 2010

Best answer: At my university, the standard for such a thing would just be

Firstname Lastname '9X
posted by ocherdraco at 2:43 PM on March 19, 2010

My college was small, and ocherdraco's format would be what I'd use. If you went to a large university with multiple schools under its wing (Cornell, for example), then I'd include the name of the undergraduate school/college/program.
posted by rtha at 2:49 PM on March 19, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks all. I was hung up on getting my major into the sig line, but (DUH) just worked it into the letter. Much cleaner looking using ocherdraco's format!
posted by peep at 2:58 PM on March 19, 2010

For my large, multiple school university, we do Firstname Lastname 'yr, i.e.

John Smith, BS '98 or

John Smith, JD '98

to indicate the degrees you got. School is irrelevant.

posted by devilsbrigade at 3:57 PM on March 19, 2010

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