UT's School of Public Affairs Trimmed the Wrong Letter Out of its Graduation Program

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We wish we didn't find this so funny. Really, we do.
What is the single most embarrassing thing that could happen to a college? Accidentally writing 'pubic' in the school's title in the graduation program, of course. Hands down. No, not down there, gosh.

And with the tagline 'Unlimited Possibilities' ... you just cannot make this stuff up.

To the graduates of the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Pub(l)ic Affairs, congratulations. Your graduation is hilarious. We wish you much success in pub(l)ic affairs, an excellent field, even in this economy. Maybe whoever did this should have also shortened the title to the Johnson School of Pubic Affairs. Even better, no?

Evan Smith, the editor-in-chief of Texas Tribune, broadcast the pamphlet on Twitter on Sunday, and the Dallas Morning News just posted a blog about it calling out its stop on Romenesko, where a dean is quoted saying: "Obviously, we are mortified. It's beyond embarrassing ... No one is laughing about this at the LBJ School."

Well, we bet that last part's not completely true, but really, what else could she say? The school is distributing copies of a corrected program.

The school tweeted its apologies, and sent out this letter (via Romenesko):

Dear 2012 Graduates,

The cover of this year's commencement program contained an unfortunate typographical error, which has since been corrected and is in the process of being distributed. The error originated with UT Printing, but we failed to catch it. The mistake was inexcusable, and we are mortified. As soon as we caught the error ­ after the programs had been distributed, unfortunately ­ we immediately began work on a corrected version that we will send out electronically and in hard copy to all our graduates, with our deepest apologies. We will send three hard-copy versions to each of you so that you can pass those on to your families and friends. Let us know if you need additional copies. No one feels worse about this than I do, so please accept my deepest personal apology.

With best wishes,

Robert Hutchings, Dean
LBJ School of Public Affairs


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29 comments
Rob Lew
Rob Lew

THEY WERE THINKING ABOUT JFK AND BILL CLINTON WHILE SETTING THE TEXT.

Paul
Paul

 "The error originated with UT Printing, but we failed to catch it."

Last time I checked, printers are usually extremely careful to print exactly the copy that is sent to them.  They do an initial run to set up the machines and proof against the copy.  A printer's error are items such as missing pages, pages out of order, smeared type, misregistered colors on multicolor prints among other similar printing defects.  They are printers, not proofreaders, not fact checkers, not editors, not writers, but printers.

Will the next thing that the error will be blamed upon be the spell checker in their word processing software?

I would love to see the proof copy supplied to the printer.

Lisa Mitchell
Lisa Mitchell

A month or so ago, when a private company in College Station made a mistake on a t-shirt, it was all over the news. But, when U.T. makes a big mistake (not some private company in Austin), then it's excused as "just a typo." No. This is a major screw-up, and not a typo buried in the middle of a paragraph on page 217. How many words on the cover of this program? Not many. And they STILL couldn't get it right. Hypocrites.

Montemalone
Montemalone

 As soon as we caught the error ­ after the programs had been distributed, unfortunately ­ we immediately began work on a corrected version that we will send out electronically and in hard copy to all our graduates, with our deepest apologies.

Perhaps they should add a few courses in English. One would not normally think it unfortunate that a corrected version would be printed and distributed.

John
John

I was a student at the LBJ School in 1988, and I recall quite vividly how some of the arrogant pseudo-intellectuals there absolutely savaged Dan Quayle because he misspelled "potato."  Karma's a bitch, isn't it?

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Looks like they just forfeited their Aggie joke cards.

Ben
Ben

It's 4:20! Was that an accident too? Ha!

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

It always pays to remember that Spell Check is not your friend.

pak152
pak152

anyone know where one can buy one of these?

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

This is what you get for less money than UTD.

Mervis
Mervis

Something tells me that UT Printing also has a group of designers.

TexanBornNRaised
TexanBornNRaised

Good point. Mistakes by aggies are so common and expected that they really aren't news-worthy anymore.

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

 HELL, THEY HAD TO READ IT TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS IN IT!!!

Fletch
Fletch

True enough.  The Dean's apology is a bit of grammatical train wreck.  It looks like it was hastily written.  Or at least I hope it was.

Ricky Hollywood
Ricky Hollywood

 There is a difference between a typographical error and correcting a kid on national TV.  That Dan Quayle thing was hilarious no matter how you look at it.  This is funny, as well, but Quayle was a classic buffoon.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

 The "potatoe" imbroglio went down in the '92 campaign. Been time traveling?

The '88 campaign featured the hilarious "You're no Jack Kennedy" line from Lloyd Bentsen.

Tatatexan
Tatatexan

 I have 2 copies.  Let the bidding begin.

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

 CLARENCE THOMAS' COKE CAN??

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

 THEY TEACH MISTAKES AT A&M SO AGGIES CAN KEEP UP THEIR TRADITIONS.TODAYS T-SIPPERS HAVE SUCH WIDE NOSES THAT THEY USE THE HOOKEM SIGN FOR PICKING OUT NOSTRILS....(RACISM ASIDE).

Rob Lew
Rob Lew

 ALONG WITH AL GORE'S "I INVENTED THE INTERNET" AND LOVE STORY WAS WRITTEN ABOUT TIPPER AND ME IN COLLEGE.......

Mervis
Mervis

But he remembers it vividly.

pak152
pak152

 and where does the bidding start?

Tatatexan
Tatatexan

Not a poster. This is the program which was given to the audience. 8.5" x 11" closed, 8 pages.

pak152
pak152

 what are the dimensions of the poster

Tatatexan
Tatatexan

 Make me an offer I can't refuse.

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