NU diplomas misspell name of famed journalism school
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter June 22, 2014 9:42PM
The word "Integrated" was misspelled on about 30 of the 250 diplomas awarded Saturday by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, school spokesman Alan Cubbage said. | Photo courtesy of Kit Fox
More than two dozen diplomas handed out over the weekend to graduates of Northwestern’s famed journalism school — long a stickler for spelling — contained an error.
The word “Integrated” was missing the “n” on about 30 of the 250 diplomas awarded Saturday by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, school spokesman Alan Cubbage said. “We’ll provide new ones for those students,” he said.
Had a student made the mistake in an assignment, the work would have automatically been tagged with a “Medill F” — a dreaded stamp that is earned by students who commit fact or spelling errors.
“It sounds really harsh,” said Kit Fox, who graduated Saturday and tweeted a photo of a friend’s diploma that showed the error. “It sounds almost unfair, I guess, but it shows the standards that Medill holds their students to.”
Desiree Hanford, director of undergraduate education and a Medill lecturer, noted that the diplomas are issued by the university.
“I think we’re all kind of taking it in really good humor. The irony and the jokes are just too easy to come by,” said Fox, who was quick to note that he had an exceptional experience at Medill.