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Graduation FAIL: 8,000 Students Receive Diplomas with Typos

By Meredith Carroll |


It's called SPELL CHECK, people

Nobody’s perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. But some errors are a wee bit more egregious than others.

When you’re congratulating students on the accomplishment of graduating from high school via a diploma, it’s probably best to check and double check your work. As in, proofread the diplomas before you hand them out.

After all, it would be awfully embarrassing to hand out 8,000 diplomas with a typo, right?

Right, Prince George County? (Ahem.)

The Washington Post reports that all high school diplomas handed out last week in Prince George County said students completed an “approved progam of study.”

It was a Farifax County vendor, National Quality Products, that printed the diplomas. They’ve owned up to their mistake (although it probably would have been tough not to), as has the school system, who apparently noticed the mistake while the commencement ceremonies were in process.

The cost to print the first batch of diplomas with the typos? $15,075

The cost to the school to have the diplomas reprinted? Free

The cost for kids who have the original diplomas to forever look back and laaaaaaaugh at the exact moment they realized adults aren’t always as smart as they seem? Priceless

Source: Jezebel

Photo credit: iStock

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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One thought on “Graduation FAIL: 8,000 Students Receive Diplomas with Typos

  1. bob says:

    They’re teens, so this is only further evidence of what they already know about adults.

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