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Ann Curry slips up during commencement speech

When "Today" show news anchor Ann Curry delivered the commencement speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, she named a list of distinguished alumni, including the Rev. Billy Graham, Wes Craven and Dennis Hastert.

The problem is the evangelist, the horror movie director and the former U.S. House speaker all attended the Wheaton College in Illinois, not the one in Massachusetts, The Associated Press reports.

The NBC newswoman sent an apology letter Monday to the Massachusetts school's president, Ron Crutcher, and the college community.

"I am mortified by my mistake," she wrote, "and can only hope the purity of my motive, to find a way to connect with the graduates and encourage them to a life of service, will allow you to forgive me." College spokesman Michael Graca said Tuesday the apology was accepted.

"We thought it was heartfelt and genuine," he said.

The 405 graduates and school administrators knew something was amiss Saturday as soon as Curry reeled off the erroneous names, "but then the moment was over and we moved on," Graca said. He noted that Curry received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her address.

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