Ann Curry Caught In Mix Up During Public Address

May 25, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

TV personality/journalist Ann Curry known for her longstanding role as an anchor on NBC's The Today show,' had a little bit of a mix up at a recent speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts on Tuesday.  (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
TV personality/journalist Ann Curry known for her longstanding role as an anchor on NBC's The Today show,' had a little bit of a mix up at a recent speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts on Tuesday. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Ann Curry, known for her longstanding role as an anchor on NBC’s The Today show,' had a little bit of a mix up at a recent speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Tuesday.

She caught audience members off guard when she mentioned alumni from Wheaton College in Illinois rather than in Massachusetts.

She honored Reverend Billy Graham, author Wes Craven, and former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert for attending Wheaton College.

The list of notable scholars did attend Wheaton College but not the college where Curry was speaking in Massachusetts.

The NBC newscaster was quick to admit her faults and promptly wrote a letter of apology to the university, reported The Associated Press.

“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 encourage them to a life of service, will allow you to forgive me," read Curry’s letter of apology.

There were a total of 405 in attendance that heard the mishap. Those in attendance for Curry’s address gave her a standing ovation when she was done with her speech. Both colleges have said the mistake was not a big deal and only caused a few laughs behind the scenes.

"People have gotten a bit of a chuckle out of it, but these things happen, and we're certainly not offended," said LaTonya Taylor from Illinois' Wheaton College to The Associated Press.

The staff at Wheaton College gladly accepted Curry’s apology with a university official saying publicly that the letter was “heart felt.”