A Popular University In The USA Hilariously Mispronounces Names At The Graduation!

A Popular University In The USA Hilariously Mispronounces Names At The Graduation!

Graduation ceremonies mark significant milestones for students, celebrating years of hard work and achievement. However, for the graduates of Thomas Jefferson University, their commencement ceremony became unforgettable for a rather unusual reason. Recently, a viral incident during the university’s graduation ceremony showed how the announcer mispronounced multiple graduate names. This sparked a flurry of reactions across social media platforms. Let’s have a closer look.

The Viral Commencement Blunder

The graduation ceremony of the Jefferson College of Nursing in Philadelphia turned into chaos as the announcer fumbled the graduates’ names. A TikTok video captures how the announcer mispronounced names like “Molly Elizabeth Camp” as “Mollina -zabeth- cap” and “Thomas” as “Tha-mo-may.” This video captured not only the awkward smiles of the graduates as they walked across the stage but also the bewildered murmurs of the audience. Swiftly, the clip gained traction, amassing over 10 million views and becoming a talking point for its sheer absurdity.


A presenter got several graduates’ names COMPLETELY wrong during Thomas Jefferson University’s graduation ceremony – and the clip is going viral. #college #graduation #university #viral #fail #fypage

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University’s Response to the Incident

Thomas Jefferson University issued a statement extending its “sincerest apologies for the mispronunciations.” The reason behind the mishaps was the way phonetic spellings were presented on the speaker’s cards. The phonetic spellings led to unintentional comedy during the solemn occasion. 

The university acknowledged this error. They reassured that this incident did not reflect the immense respect they hold for their graduates and their commendable achievements.

Public and Online Reactions

The online community quickly drew parallels between the blunder and popular comedic sketches, like the “Substitute Teacher” from “Key & Peele.” They pointed out the humorous side of the incident. TikTok and Twitter buzzed with comments and jokes. Some viewers expressed disbelief and amusement over how the mispronunciations continued throughout the ceremony. Family members and friends of the graduates also chimed in. Some with humor, added a light-hearted take on what was undoubtedly a memorable moment for all the wrong reasons.


The mispronunciation mishap at Thomas Jefferson University’s graduation serves as a reminder of the importance of attention to detail in ceremonies that symbolize significant life achievements. This event, while humorous, underscores the need for careful preparation in events celebrating years of dedication and hard work. It is clear that even in solemn moments, unexpected errors can provide a moment of levity and a lesson.

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