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According to a statement from the university, officials are looking into more possible typos.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
There may be still more typos in Radford University diplomas, in addition to such gaffes as “Virgina” and “systams” that came to light earlier this week.
In a statement to alumni released today, university President Penelope Kyle said that “based on some recent feedback to the registrar’s office, we are investigating whether any other graduates have diplomas with additional errors.”
Kyle apologized on behalf of the university for the embarrassment caused by the mistakes.
“Not surprisingly, these errors have resulted in considerable negative media coverage of our great institution,” the written statement read.
“While we know that similar embarrassing gaffes have happened at other universities...we are not dismissing the seriousness of the effects of these actions.”
The university discovered Tuesday that about 1,480 undergraduate and graduate students received diplomas in May 2013 and December 2012 that were missing the final “i” in Virginia and the second “e” in thereto.
Since then, a graduate who majored in information science and systems noticed that the word “systems” was misspelled on his diploma.
Radford said the problem was caused when a commercial software system used to produce the diplomas within the university’s registrar’s office was upgraded last fall.
The software upgrade required the diploma wording to be re-keyed into the program and during that process the typographical errors were introduced into the template.
School officials are now reviewing the system “with the aim of identifying and implementing a more effective quality assurance process,” Kyle said.
New diplomas are in the works, and the school has set up a customer service center -- firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-831-2190 -- to field calls from concerned graduates.
Some information in this report came from the Richmond Times-Dispatch
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