Diploma Misspelling in Prince George's County

Corrected diplomas being mailed out

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012  |  Updated 8:06 PM EDT
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A high school in Prince George's County has apologized to thousands of its former students for a misspelled word in their high school diplomas. News4 s Jackie Bensen reports.

Jackie Bensen

A high school in Prince George's County has apologized to thousands of its former students for a misspelled word in their high school diplomas. News4 s Jackie Bensen reports.

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Prince George’s County students celebrating an academic milestone are celebrating it with a mistake that must make their English teachers cringe.

About 8,000 graduates received diplomas with the word “program” spelled without the second R, P-R-O-G-A-M.

Scott Bullock, a 19-year-old who graduated from Parkdale High School May 31, learned of the mistake on Facebook, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

"He played football, and I guess he was so proud of it that he read through everything and he just noticed it and he put it on Facebook," Bullock said.

The school district and the printing company have apologized to the Class of 2012 and promised to replace the diplomas.

“We understand the value of your hard work and achievement; therefore we are reprinting your diploma,” read a letter from the printer, National Quality Products.

The company said it will take about a month for the corrected diplomas to be mailed to students’ homes.

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