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Northwestern’s journalism school misspells its name on 2014 diploma

Northwestern University’s Medill school of journalism changed its name several years back to this unwieldly title: Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. 

It wasn’t a popular decision; in fact, the Chicago Tribune made fun of the change in this 2010 story that started:

Hogwarts faculty members voted this week in support of changing the name of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to “The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, Wizardry, Integrated Marketing and That Which Must Not Be Named.”…

The new name comes on the advice of Muggle consultants from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, the ampersand-averse faculty of which recently approved a similar name change from the adequately esteemed and merely to-the-point Medill School of Journalism, pending trustee approval.

Critics contend that while Integrated Marketing is perhaps consistent with Witchcraft and Wizardry, That Which Must Not Be Named is largely at odds with the long-standing ethos of Hogwarts for most of its centuries, despite the long-standing inclusion of the Dark Arts in its curriculum, albeit from a defensive standpoint.

Well, now there is new reason to poke fun at the name. It was misspelled on some of the 2014 diplomas given out to new graduates. Here’s the way it looks:

Yes, the word “integrated” is missing a letter, at least in some of the diplomas handed out at graduation. According to NBC Chicago, about 30 of more than 250 diplomas given out had the mistake.

The students with the mistake on their diplomas will receive new ones.

Disclosure: I graduated from the school when it was simply the Medill School of Journalism, and my diploma, as best I can recall, had no mistakes.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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