M E M O (out of the imagination of a wiseacre)
From: The Radferd University Board of Visitors
To: All alumni
Subject: New graduate degree program
Many of you were probably appalled at the news that our institution recently awarded hundreds of diplomas with the words “Virginia” and “thereto” misspelled, and some others that bungled “systems.” These were received by degree-earners in both December and May.
We wish to emphasize that all of us are deeply embarrassed by this snafu. But as always, there are many bright sides to consider.
First, despite all the snickering, those errors could have been far worse. Use your imagination — surely you can come up with more embarrassing ways of misspelling the name of our state than “Virgina.”
Second, you may have noticed that none of our December graduates seemed to notice the typos. From this we can deduce that our May crop is more on the ball, so to speak. There’s good news in that, too.
Let’s be frank: Until now, few would have expected anyone with a batchelor’s from Radford would catch difficult-to-spot errors like these. Now, at least, we have evidence of progress. And we have an opportunity to put a positive marketing spin on it.
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