(CNN) – Colorado Mesa University is issuing two diplomas for the price of one. The catch? The first one was signed by the chair of CMU’s “Coard of Trustees.”
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The embarrassing typo lingered in the bottom left corner of nearly 9,200 diplomas for six years — until outgoing school newspaper editor Alec Williams caught it this month.
Williams was looking at a photo of a past graduate’s diploma online. At first, he said, he wasn’t sure if what he saw was actually a mistake or just part of the classic Old English font used on diplomas.
“If they’re going to do anything right, they need to make sure — at the very least — the non-name related words are spelled correctly,” Williams told CNN.READ MORE: Marijuana Social Equity Fair Seeks To Level The Playing Field For Communities Of Color
The university has already created a website to fulfill diploma requests with the goal of having each diploma reprinted and mailed out within two days. Each reissued diploma will cost the university about $5.
“A diploma symbolizes tremendous hard work and investment made by students in their education,” the school told CNN in a statement.
So, let this be a lesson for college graduates everywhere: Make sure to triple-check your diplomas, Blass of 2018.
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