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Final Year Students at Edinburgh University Were Mistakenly Told They Wouldn’t Be Graduating

What’s the worst thing you could say to a final year student at this time of year?

Telling them they need a near-unattainable high mark in their next exam to secure the degree they want, perhaps? Or maybe revealing to them that they’re going to have to resit all of the exams they’ve just completed? What about informing them that they won’t actually be graduating?

Well, the latter actually happened to final year students at the University of Edinburgh after an email with the subject line ‘Graduation ceremony cancelled – no award’ was mistakenly sent out to everyone registered to graduate this year.

The email read: “We are now advised that you are not expected to complete your studies until later in the year, and therefore we presume that you may be eligible to attend the next available graduation ceremony.”

Can you imagine?

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The University blamed a system software error for the email that was sent out in the middle of the night, meaning that when students attempted to find out what was going on, there was nobody there to provide any information.

Taking to Twitter later on in the morning, the University assured students that the email was a mistake.

A message was also sent to the students affected saying: “This email was issued in error so please ignore it. No graduations have been cancelled.”

“We are still looking into the root cause of this error. Meanwhile we would like to apologise unreservedly for any stress that this error has caused you at what we know is a stressful time.”

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