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Graduates From Northwestern’s School Of Journalism Find Spelling Error On Diplomas

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Graduates at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism found a spelling error on their diplomas when they were handed out on Saturday.

Professors at Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications are well known for handing out failing grades for a single misspelling or factual error in a student’s work.

On about 30 diplomas handed out Saturday, officials spelled “integrated” as “itegrated.”

Graduate Kit Fox tweeted a photo of the error.

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"We all took it in good humor," he told NBC Chicago. "We're all really aware of the 'Medill F' so the jokes came easy."

Desiree Hanford, lecturer and director of undergraduate education at Medill, said new diplomas will be issued to the students.

"The diplomas are issued by the university so we will work with the NU registrar's office Monday to provide new diplomas to these students," Hanford said in an email to the Chicago Tribune.

Although he received five F’s during his first two years, Fox said the "Medill F" rule is not as bad as it sounds.

"The best part about it is it seems really harsh when you come in as a freshman but what it’s really teaching you is really getting a 'Medill F' is smaller than getting a factual inaccuracy when you're out in the real world," he said.

"Maybe it was one last-minute test for the grads to catch on their diplomas," he added.

Sources: NBC Chicago, Chicago Tribune