GRU grads get new diplomas after college misspelled

Diplomas for the 14 summer-term graduates of Georgia Regents University's Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences misspelled college.

Check college off the list, but not before someone clicks spell-check.

A few recent Georgia Regents University graduates were surprised to find that the diplomas honoring their academic success featured a dictionary blunder.

Diplomas for the 14 summer-term graduates of GRU’s Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences misspelled a seven-letter word that encompassed life for the graduates: college.

It had three L’s instead of two: Pamplin Colllege.

After a student alerted staffers to the spelling error, the diplomas were reprinted, said university spokeswoman Christen Carter.

Most students collected their corrected diplomas by Tuesday afternoon, Carter said.

Pamplin College graduate Arianna Vazquez, of Augusta, said the mistake was “laughable.” She hopes the university learned a lesson.

“Maybe they should have more spell-checkers,” she said.

Richie Iannacone, also of Augusta, said he was surprised the mistake occurred on such an important document.

“Everyone makes mistakes, I guess,” he said. “I was disappointed, but it was a funny disappointment.”

The Registrar’s Office uses a computer template to produce diplomas, and the erroneous word had been entered incorrectly, Carter explained.

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