The family of a graduating senior was left upset after a grocery store censored a personalized cake message that was meant to celebrate the graduate’s academic achievement of summa cum laude status.
Students who graduate in the top 1- to 5-percent of their class are awarded the distinction summa cum laude, Latin for “with the highest distinction.”
Cara Koscinski said she ordered the cake online after her son Jacob graduated from his Christian-based home-schooling program in Charleston, South Carolina, with a 4.89 grade-point average.
The Lakeland-based Publix, however, edited out “cum”—in this context the Latin word for “with”—since it was deemed profane by its website’s algorithm.
The mother told The Washington Post that her son was “absolutely humiliated” by the error.
“It was unbelievable. I ordered the special graduation edition cake. I can’t believe I’m the first one to ever write ‘Summa Cum Laude’ on a cake.”
A Publix store manager reportedly offered to remake the cake, but Koscinski said she declined.
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