Our deepest apologies to our 2012 graduates for the eggregious typo in our program. We are working to distribute corrected programs.
— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) May 21, 2012
Susan Binford, assistant dean for communications at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, says the “pubic” typo was spotted after the programs were distributed at Saturday’s commencement exercises.
“Obviously, we are mortified. It’s beyond embarrassing.”
The program went through “lots of layers of approval” without anyone catching the error.
“As soon as we realized the mistake, everybody went into overdrive and we went to work to reprint it.” All grads will be sent new copies of the program.
“Graduates have already received apology letters from the dean,” says Binford, as well as an apology tweet, which misspells egregious. (UPDATE: They’ve now corrected that.)
Binford says her biggest fear is the typo getting mentioned on “The Daily Show.” (I’m told the show is on vacation for a few weeks, so it’s not likely to be mentioned.)
“No one is laughing about this at the LBJ School.”
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
(h/t Evan Smith)