Butchering Names at the Graduation Ceremony

Thursday night was commencement for the Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing in Philadelphia. As is custom, each student's name was announced as they received their diploma, and the on-screen captions soon followed. This quickly became a game for the viewers to try and guess what the name really was from the announcer's pronunciation. The carnage included a mangling of common names like Stephanie, Molly, and Elizabeth. The real kicker was the name Thomas, considering the name of the university.

The announcer was using cards with the phonetic spelling of the names, which should have included the normal spelling as well but apparently did not. After the first three rows of students, she apologized and her cards were replaced with a list of names, and the rest of the graduates had their names pronounced correctly. The university has issued an apology, but the viral moment will live on forever. -via reddit   


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