The University of Texas apologized publicly on Monday for an embarrassing typo that appeared on the 2012 commencement program of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The pamphlet had the word "Pubic" instead of "Public."
MSNBC reports that guests to the graduation ceremony were on Saturday handed the program that read "Lyndon B. Johnson School of Pubic Affairs."
The school tweeted an apology that said: "Our deepest apologies to our 2012 graduates for the egregious typo in our commencement program. We are working to distribute new programs."
According to The Huffington Post, the school also sent out an email to students apologizing for the error. The Huffington Post reports Dean Robert Hutchings said in the email message: "No one feels worse about this than I do, so please accept my deepest personal apology."
MSNBC reports that Susan Binford, assistant dean of communications at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, said: "Obviously, we are mortified. It's beyond embarrassing." Binford said the school's biggest fear was that the media may focus attention on the error and that it may even be mentioned on the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. According to IB Times, Binford said: "No one is laughing about this at the LBJ School."
IB Times reports that the apology letter said: "The error originated with UT Printing, but we failed to catch it. The mistake was inexcusable, and we are mortified. As soon as we caught the error after the programs had been distributed, unfortunately we immediately began work on a corrected version that we will send out electronically and in hard copy to all our graduates, with our deepest apologies."
Gawker notes that even while the school apologized for the typo, it committed a spelling mistake in its tweeted message. According to MSNBC, media blogger Jim Romenesko pointed out that the school misspelled egregious as "eggregious" in its apology tweet, but the error has been corrected.
The LBJ School says a new program will be printed out and sent out to graduates.