Ann Curry Apologizes For Mistakes At Wheaton College (FULL TEXT)

May 26th, 2010 - 2:15 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

May 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Ann Curry, world known journalist from ‘The Today Show’, who has braved such locations as Iraq, the Congo, and Darfur, should have had no issues at all when she was invited to give a commencement speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. With her journalistic talents, a mistake she made at the college has gotten her name into headlines everywhere, and shocked quite a few readers.

In her speech for the 175th Commencement Address, she gave the names of some famous alumni who had attended the Wheaton College. Among those names were former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Reverend Billy Graham, and horror movie directer, Wes Craven. There was one problem with her naming these men. They all attended Wheaton College in Illinois. Apparently, in her research of the school, Ann Curry had accidentally studied the wrong ‘Wheaton College’ much to her embarrassment.

In an open letter posted below, Curry offers her apologies, and commends the students for their good manners.

Open Letter From Ann Curry:

To the Wheaton community:

Wheaton’s 2010 graduation ceremony this past Saturday was the most delightful I have ever experienced, as the warmth the students showed for their faculty and for each other was so overwhelming it was felt even by me, an outsider.

So 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.

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.

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.

But whether or not you can, I want you to know that my brief visit left me deeply impressed with the quality of Wheaton. It was evident in the confidence of your graduates as they collected their diplomas, that they have been exceedingly well nurtured. And even with my blunder, the students were also gracious enough to react with a standing ovation. Now THAT is good manners.

With respect and every good wish forevermore,

Ann Curry

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