High School Manages To Give Out Diplomas Stamped With WRONG STATE

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Officials at a high school in small-town Washington managed to emblazon this year’s high school diploma covers with the state seal of Oregon.

The mistake occurred at Kelso High School in Kelso, Wash. (pop. 11,925), reports Portland Fox affiliate KPTV.

The official state seal of Oregon includes a big eagle perched on a shield which features a covered wagon, elk, two boats and various farming and mining symbolism. For anyone who might be confused, the capitalized words “STATE OF OREGON” partially encircle the seal.

On the plus side, administrators who ordered the diplomas and the covers did manage to get the name of Kelso High School correct.


Attendees at the high school’s graduation ceremony discovered the error during Kelso High’s graduation ceremony on Saturday.

School district officials said this year’s seniors will receive new covers featuring the Washington state seal (which, by the way, says “THE SEAL OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON”), according to Seattle Fox affiliate KCPQ.

Meanwhile, the diplomas themselves inside the covers are fine and valid.

Diploma mistakes happen from time to time across America.

In 2013, for example, officials at Georgia Regents University — a mostly health sciences-oriented public school with gloomy acronym GRU — managed to misspell the word “College” on 14 diplomas. (RELATED: Georgia Regents University Somehow Manages To Misspell ‘College’ On Diplomas)

Somewhat similarly, just last year, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority shipped books to every student in the Class of 2015 about how to get into and pay for college with the word “Kentucky” spelled wrong on the spines. (RELATED: Kentucky Education Bureaucrats Fail To Spell KENTUCKY Correctly)

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