May 31, 2011 7:28 PM by David Ortiviz
It's a rewarding end to high school--earning a diploma. However, on Saturday more than 200 graduates from Canon City High School got their official certificates with spelling errors. "I was pretty shocked," said Jordan Smith, a graduate.
Two words were misspelled: The Board fo Education rather than "of" and "successfully" was missing a "c".
"We were so busy, and it was so hectic I don't think any of us read it," said Caroline Solak, another graduate.
We talked to four grads who work as lifeguards at the local swimming pool. They told us it didn't take long for the blunders to make a big splash on Facebook. We asked them what people were saying. "I wish they would have spelled our diplomas right," said Libby Ary, a graduate.
"It's unprofessional for us to hand out a diploma that is incorrect," said Brett Meuli, principal at Canon City High School.
Principal Brett Meuli says the diplomas were printed by a private company--but did they make the typos? or the school? It's still a mystery. "I don't know where the mistake was," said Meuli. "Either way we're taking the responsibility for it. We're going to make sure we get it corrected," he added.
Students we talked to told us everyone makes mistakes and they're not too upset. "I don't really mind. It wasn't a big deal because it's still a diploma," said Smith.
"I think just kind of laugh about it. They'll fix it and it will be something that we can remember as our senior class," said Taylor Symons, a graduate.
Canon City High School says new diplomas are already being re-printed. "We're going to have new diplomas for all 204 graduates," said Meuli. "It's our responsibility to make sure we put whatever procedure in place to make sure that that doesn't happen again," he added.