Change Time and Date Format MATE Panel Applet

1. Install the suite of dconf-tools:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools # for ubuntu or debian distributions
sudo pkg install dconf-tools # for freebsd

2. Run the dconf-editor:
dconf-editor

3. Scroll down to org.mate.panel.objects.clock.prefs

4. Change the custom-format to the desired format:
%a %d %b %H:%M

Use this link to see all of the available options: http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man1/date.1.html

5. Change the format to custom.

Source:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-desktop-74/how-to-format-mate-clock-applet-4175526286/#post5275171

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