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There’s a typo in 8,000 Maryland high school diplomas


Students at Cypress Bay High School’s commencement ceremony in Miami, Fla., on June 4, 2012.


Joe Raedle

Graduates of high schools in Prince George’s County, Md., got a lesson in the importance of proofreading when they received their diplomas last week, the Associated Press reported. All 8,000 diplomas contained a misspelled word.

The diplomas verify that each graduate completed an “approved progam of study,” the Washington Post reported.

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PG County paid $15,750 for the diplomas and another $6,587.50 for other certificates and shipping costs, the Washington Post reported.

Schools spokesman Briant Coleman said that the printing company, National Quality Products, will reprint the diplomas at no additional cost, though the county will have to pay to mail them to students, the Washington Post reported.

National Quality Products has apologized for the error, the AP reported.

The company isn’t the only printer to goof this graduation season.

According to the Washington Post:

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin recently apologized for the cover of its 2012 commencement program, which left a key letter out of the word “Public” in the school’s name.

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