With Sunday’s graduation, students at Middleton High School took their first tentative steps into the real world. But thanks to an unfortunate gaffe, the jury is out on what school they actually graduated from.
The diplomas handed out to at least 400 of the 500 graduates of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District featured a drawing of Middleton High School that was most definitely not Middleton High School. Or a school anywhere in Wisconsin or even the Midwest for that matter. Instead, it featured a still-unknown school that’s backed by a rugged mountain range.
In a message to parents, school spokesman Perry Hibner blamed the mistake on Jostens, the Minnesota-based company that produces diplomas, yearbooks and other things of that sort that are currently collecting dust in your childhood bedroom.
Hibner said the mistake went unnoticed due to the school’s policy of not opening the boxes of diplomas up until graduation day, a practice they’re now going to change. He said Jostens will also cover the replacement costs on the erroneous diplomas. Jostens has not yet responded to a Wisconsin State Journal request for comment.
Apparently, the 100 or so students who received diplomas picturing the real Middleton High School were given leftovers from last year’s commencement.