DINWIDDIE, Va. – Dinwiddie County High School’s class of 2017 likely won’t forget their graduation any time soon.
“Poor class of 2017,” Gwendolyn Perdue posted to Facebook, “I guess someone didn’t proof read the covers of the Dinwiddie High School diploma! OMG!”
Perdue posted a picture of the diploma cover after Friday’s graduation ceremony at “Dinwiddie, Virgina” – a mistake that wasn’t lost on the hundreds of students and parents who attended the event, WTVR reports.
“Do we at least get to keep the covers that were messed up?” Mark Gower wrote on Facebook.
“At least we had a good laugh,” Tina Bartle added.
Dinwiddie High School Principal Randall Johnson posted a statement about the situation to the Dinwidde County Public Schools Facebook page on Friday and sent a robo call to parents to explain why the covers only came with two “I”s in Virginia, instead of the standard three, the News Virginian reports.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and their families,” Johnson wrote. “As you are aware there is a spelling error on the diploma cover. We have contacted the vendor and replacement covers will be provided.
“We will be contacting our graduates as soon as we have resolved the issue with the vendor and we have received the new covers,” the principal wrote. “We apologize for any inconvenience that this error has caused.”
Several folks online questioned how students caught the mistake, but not the printing company or administrators who are supposed to proof-read the covers.
“People do make mistakes. That’s a pretty big one,” Purdue posted. “The ball was dropped a couple of times before it got to the graduates’ hands. They, the class of 2017, noticed it right away.”
Others shrugged off the misspelling.
“It really isn’t that big of a deal,” Amanda Armstead posted to Facebook. “It’s a mistake. It’s not the diploma. People will complain about literally ANYTHING!
“Those complaining, you’re not as perfect as you think you are,” Armstead continued. “Lighten up and laugh a little! Congrats to the class of 2017!”