Diploma Typo Has 1,481 Students Graduating in the State of 'Virgina'

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 01:53 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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A recent Radford University graduate from Richmond, Va., was so excited to get her diploma in the mail Saturday that at first she didn't notice the glaring typo on the certificate.

"I was just looking at it as a graduate, I was excited. I wasn't, like, going through copy editing," Meghan McNeice told ABC News.

But she soon spied that the word "Virginia" was spelled incorrectly. In one of the two instances it appeared on the diploma, the last "i" was left out, leaving the state spelled as "Virgina."

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According to Radford University officials, all 1,481 undergraduate and graduate diplomas from fall 2012 and spring 2013 were misspelled.

The school apologized for the error and plans to send out correctly spelled versions in the next few weeks, chief communication officer Joe Carpenter told ABC News.

"The error was caused when the commercial software system used to produce the diplomas within the university's registrar's office was upgraded in the fall of 2012. That software upgrade required that the diploma narrative be re-keyed into the program. It was during the re-keying process that the typographical errors were introduced into the template," he said. "Radford University regrets any inconvenience this error may have caused our alumni and will be working to correct these errors in a timely manner."

McNeice said she hopes the typo does not reflect badly on the school.

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"I'm just glad that they're going to reprint them, because it does in a way look bad on the university and I would never hope that they get a reputation from this because they are fixing their mistake," she told ABC News. "I think I got the best education ever. I wouldn't go to another school in Virginia for a journalism or communications degree."
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