Ann Curry ‘Mortified’ She Mixed-Up Wheaton Colleges
May 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Poor Ann Curry. Who could have known there were two Wheaton Colleges? During Curry’s commencement address to graduating students of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, she mistakenly honored several famous grads of Wheaton College in Illinois. Oops!
Curry, a long-time news anchor and co-host on NBC’s Today Show, mentioned such famous graduates, as Wes Craven and Billy Graham. But they obtained their degrees at the small Christian school in Illinois. The notable grads from the formerly all-women Wheaton college in Massachusetts: former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Director Christie Todd Whitman, and National Medal of Science winner Dr. Mary Ellen Avery.
When Curry learned of her mistake she posted an apology on the school website and she noted the students’ impeccable manners for being polite, during her gaffe:
“I am mortified by my mistake, and can only hope the purity of my motive, to find a way to connect with the graduates and to encourage them to a life of service, will allow you to forgive me,” Curry said.
“It is with a heavy heart that I ask you to forgive me for mistakenly naming graduates of the other Wheaton College in my address,” she later wrote. “I now know I should have named National Medal of Science winner Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, former New Jersey Governor and former EPA Director Christie Todd Whitman, literary agent Esther Newberg, Oscar-nominated actress Catherine Keener and Ken Babby, the youngest senior officer in the history of the Washington Post, among others. Thank goodness I got Lesley Stahl right.”
“Even with my blunder, the students were also gracious enough to react with a standing ovation. Now THAT is good manners,” she wrote.
Source: Talking Points Memo