published Friday, July 29th, 2011

UTC May diplomas delayed by printing errors

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    Diplomas are displayed on the stage at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's spring commencement ceremony held at McKenzie Arena in this file photo.
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UTC graduates will have to wait a little bit longer to get their hard-earned diplomas because of a printing error, according to school officials.

About 900 graduates were supposed to get their diplomas around July 1, but there were printing errors at Jostens, a company in Minneapolis, Minn., the university uses, said Cindy Carroll, a spokeswomen at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chris Beechwood, who graduated with his master's in business administration at the beginning of May, said he first was told his diploma would be ready in six to eight weeks.

"I called after seven or eight weeks, and I was told it was eight to 10 weeks and that they had a problem with the printer and I would be getting it soon," he said.

"It bothers me because really, they had our grades and everything shortly after graduation so they knew who had graduated and it was a matter of printing out graduation certificates," he said. "I don't understand why it takes six to eight or 10 weeks."

Carroll said the corrected diplomas are expected soon and will be mailed out as soon as they arrive.

about Perla Trevizo...

Perla Trevizo joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 2007 and covers immigration/diversity issues and higher education. She holds a master’s degree in newswire journalism from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas. In 2011 she participated in the Bringing Home the World international reporting fellowship program sponsored by the International Center for Journalists, producing a series on Guatemalan immigrants for which she ...

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carlosshane1477 said...

they don't have to be delay if they have enough printers to print on and some ink printer cartridges for back up...

November 15, 2011 at 8:15 a.m.
nash30 said...

well at least we know that they don't use cheap ink cartridges just to save up..

January 23, 2012 at 7:55 a.m.
Ottawa_Richard said...

To be denied of a diploma purely because of printing error is really an infuriating thing. Imagine waiting for 10 weeks not knowing if you had graduated or not. If it were me, I would lodge a formal complaint against the school in that delay caused me income or job opportunities.

Richard -

February 16, 2012 at 4:32 a.m.
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