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How to Put an Expected Graduation Date in a Resume

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Most employers expect job applicants to supply a resume containing a summary of work experience and education. For soon-to-be graduates of a school or university, how to list an anticipated graduation date may be a bit confusing. Fortunately, there are really only a couple of ways to list expected graduation dates on a resume.

Resumes, Education and Expected Graduation

According to North Carolina State University, education should be listed above experience, if you're still in school. Below education, add your anticipated diploma or degree and the your expected graduation date in parentheses. If you're attaining a bachelor of science in engineering degree, for example, list this way: "Bachelor of Science (Expected June 2014)." Beneath your anticipated degree and expected graduation date, add the school from which you're graduating, followed by your grade point average.

Another Approach

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) advises soon-to-be graduates to list education near the top of their resume if it is the strongest qualification for a job. The OWL's example of how an expected graduation would might look is: "Purdue University: Candidate for B.S. in Engineering. GPA 3.2. Expected to Graduate in June 2014." Only GPAs of 3.0 or better should be listed on your resume, OWL says.

About the Author

Tony Guerra served more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He also spent seven years as an airline operations manager. Guerra is a former realtor, real-estate salesperson, associate broker and real-estate education instructor. He holds a master's degree in management and a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies.

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