You are not the only one that "didn't do the tradition path of school then work" out there. First generation and low income college students are more likely to start college later and work full-time while in school, so many first generation college graduates will find themselves in this same boat."Do I have to put my graduation date on my resume? I dislike putting it because then they'll think I am a recent graduate and don't have the years of experience. I didn't do the tradition path of school then work."
So, if you are concerned about assumptions a potential employer might make about you as a recent graduate (or working student), I'd suggest putting your education after experience on your resume. This works really well when you have a relevant working history.
However, you should always include your graduation date at this point. If you don't, employers tend to assume things like you are significantly, significantly older or you didn't graduate. If you are a current student, you should include your expected graduation date, with the word "Anticipated" or "Expected" in front of it. Don't worry if you're not sure, just put your best guess and update it as things change.
Typically, after you have been out of school for 10 or more years you could remove your graduation date without these types of assumptions being a concern.
Got questions? Please feel free to ask The Advisor about it.