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May 22, 2012 10:00 AM Public Affairs

By Daniel Luzer

A mistake left a horrible error in the program for the commencement exercises at the school of public affairs at University of Texas at Austin this weekend.

The graduation ceremonies for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, UT Austin’s graduate school of public policy, took place on Saturday, the 19th.

Here’s the cover of the program:


That’s right: pubic. As Jim Romenesko put it:

Susan Binford, assistant dean for communications at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, says the “pubic” typo was spotted after the programs were distributed at Saturday’s commencement exercises.“Obviously, we are mortified. It’s beyond embarrassing.”
The program went through “lots of layers of approval” without any catching the error.

Ah yes, “lots of layers of approval,” and yet you still couldn’t catch pubic. It’s like a metaphor for the ineffectiveness of extensive bureaucracy, which might be a rather useful lesson for a school of public policy.

It’s worth pointing out that something like this (genital jokes) is exactly the sort of thing the 36th president rather enjoyed.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer


  • Lee on May 22, 2012 3:41 PM:

    As this article notes, given LBJ's sexual vulgarity, it's very appropriate this happened with something connected to him. He would have thought it was absolutely hilarious!

    This is also like the infamous "Beloved Aunt" episode of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," where Larry has a paper write an obituary for Cheryl's aunt, and instead of the letter "a" at the beginning of aunt, the paper has a "c"!