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School district finds typo on 8K diplomas

Published On: Jun 08 2012 09:41:35 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 09 2012 04:19:56 PM CDT
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Some high school graduates in Prince George's County, Md., may have to wait a little longer to fill their empty certificate cases after district officials said the word "program" was found misspelled on about 8,000 diplomas.

Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Public Schools system, told the Washington Post that officials noticed the typo last week after commencements were under way.

Some students received diplomas stating that they had completed the district's approved "progam" of study.

"I would think it would be somebody’s job to proof and reproof again, especially with something that serious," Oxon Hill High School graduate Terrence Odom told the newspaper. "We were all excited to get our diplomas. Now we have to wait to get the official one."

According to the Post, Coleman said National Quality Products, the vendor hired for the printing, apologized for the gaffe and will reprint the diplomas at no additional cost.

The school district said it will then pay to mail out the new diplomas, and students should receive them in about a month.

"We apologized for any inconvenience or disappointment this may have caused our students," Coleman said. "Our students have been disappointed and at the same time are relieved that they will be getting their new diplomas soon."

The school district is located just outside of Washington, D.C., and operates 23 high schools.

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