After an embarrassing error seen by the world after it was shared on social media, the University of Texas apologized for a typo error in its 2012 commencement program which used the word pubic instead of public when mentioning the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
The university issued the apology on Monday for the egregious typographical error published on the pamphlet for the graduation ceremony last week.
Our deepest apologies to our 2012 graduates for the egregious typo in our commencement program, the University of Texas wrote on its Twitter account. We are working to distribute new programs.
The tweet from Monday was deleted, but remains live on media critic Jim Romenesko's website.
According to Yahoo News, the image was first shared on Twitter by Texas Tribune editor Evan Smith and has since been passed around on the social network.
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It's near the top of my all-time fave [sic] typo list, Smith wrote on Twitter.
The assistant dean for communications at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs said the university will print new programs and send them to those who attended the graduation ceremony last week.
Obviously, we are mortified. It's beyond embarrassing, Susan Binford told Romenesko, according to Yahoo News. As soon as we realized the mistake [on Saturday], everybody went into overdrive and we went to work to reprint it.
Binford told Romenesko that Dean Robert Hutchings has sent an apology letter to all students (see below), but her biggest fear is media attention from pundits like Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.
No one is laughing about this at the LBJ School, Binford said.
Here is the letter sent to University of Texas students by the dean, courtesy of Jim 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