Utah High School Presents Graduating Class with Misspelled Medal
The 620 seniors of Ogden, Utah’s Fremont High School were presented with graduation medallions during a May 18 ceremony that featured a noticeable misspelling.
The medals, which feature the school seal in the center and “Fremont Silverwolves” etched at the top, designate the graduates as part of the “Clas of 2015.” The mistake (“clas”) wasn’t noticed until the middle of the graduation ceremony.
Senior Trent Thayne tweeted local news station KSTU-TV a picture of the medal. “Most of the kids didn’t notice at first, but once it turned to social media, everyone found out," Thayne tweeted along with the photo. "But it was really just something that gave everyone something to laugh about and remember from our graduation!”
Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart spoke with the Ogden Standard-Examiner, echoing Thayne’s sentiment. “It certainly doesn’t overshadow an otherwise nice event and a great accomplishment,” Taggart said. “It’s just one of those little extras that students get at graduation.”
The medallions were a part of the $58 graduation package that also included a gown (rental), cap, tassel and diploma. They were provided by Jostens, a Minneapolis-based company that produces school rings, yearbooks and diplomas that the school has worked with for some time. While Jostens provided the packages, the medal was not the company’s product, but rather sourced from another manufacturer.
No specific entity is being faulted for the mistake. Jostens, however, is taking action to correct the misspelling. The company will ship a corrected replacement medallion to all graduating seniors in early June.