# Fixed date without maketitle

begin{document}

\pagenumbering{roman}
\begin{titlepage}
\begin{center}

\includegraphics[scale=0.8]{logo}\\[0.9cm]

{\huge title...... \\}
\vspace{1.5cm}

\begin{minipage}{0.4\textwidth}
\begin{flushleft} \large
Author: \\[5pt]
{\Large\bfseries me.......}\\[5pt]
my-mail........\\[14pt]
\end{flushleft}
\end{minipage}
\vspace{0.5cm}
\begin{minipage}{0.4\textwidth}
\begin{flushright} \large
Supervisor: \\[5pt]
{\Large\bfseries someone......}\\[5pt]
thier-email\\[14pt]
\end{flushright}
\end{minipage}
\vspace{1cm}

{\Large degree from ... : } \\[9pt]

\textsc{\Large{University....}}\\[1pt]
\textsc{\Large{{Department.....}}} \\[5pt]
\vspace{1cm}

{\large \today}\\[4cm] % Date

\end{center}
\end{titlepage}


So all I want is to use a custom date. A fixed one but not the todays one. How can I achieve this, since I don't make use of \maketitle?

• Welcome to TeX.SE. Have you tried replacing {\large \today} with {\large 1 January 3001}, say? – Mico Sep 23 '15 at 13:53

It's possible to trick \today to be set use a fixed date with \SetDate[01/01/2016] for example (square brackets dd/mm/yyyy) form with the advdate package (old, but still working!)

If \SetDate is used inside the titlepage environment, \today will show the fixed date only there.

Note I do not address other issues of this 'titlepage' here!

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\usepackage{blindtext}

\begin{document}
\pagenumbering{roman}
\begin{titlepage}
\begin{center}

\includegraphics[scale=0.8]{logo}\\[0.9cm]
\SetDate[01/01/2016]

{\huge title...... \\}
\vspace{1.5cm}

\begin{minipage}{0.4\textwidth}
\begin{flushleft} \large
Author: \\[5pt]
{\Large\bfseries me.......}\\[5pt]
my-mail........\\[14pt]
\end{flushleft}
\end{minipage}
\vspace{0.5cm}
\begin{minipage}{0.4\textwidth}
\begin{flushright} \large
Supervisor: \\[5pt]
{\Large\bfseries someone......}\\[5pt]
thier-email\\[14pt]
\end{flushright}
\end{minipage}
\vspace{1cm}

{\Large degree from ... : } \\[9pt]

\textsc{\Large{University....}}\\[1pt]
\textsc{\Large{{Department.....}}} \\[5pt]
\vspace{1cm}

{\large \today}\\[4cm] % Date

\end{center}
\end{titlepage}

\blindtext

\end{document}


• Would there be a benefit in using \SetDate over just hardcoding the date, as Mico proposed? – cauchy42 Sep 23 '15 at 14:27
• @cauchy42: Not really. It's alternative. It's hardcoded the some way (unless in a group) – user31729 Sep 23 '15 at 14:32