Such was the case for Jacob Kosinski of Charleston, South Carolina. Of course, you'll know that you've made that grade before the graduation, and his family, some from out of town, came to his graduation and party.
His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude.His mom ordered a special graduation cake from her nearest Publix, which lets customers build their own cakes complete with a customized inscription, which they enter into a little message box.
Carefully, she typed in the message she wanted on the cake: "Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude class of 2018."It was the algorithms, of course. Jacob's mother, Cara, said she filled out the request online, including a form that had a section for "special instructions" for the bakery. She explained that Summa Cum Laude was a Latin term for high academic honor and was not profane, so she was concerned something like this might happen. She even included a link to a website explaining the meaning of Summa Cum Laude and said she didn’t think much about it afterward. Until the cake was opened at Jacob's graduation party.
The Publix software was unhappy with the word - cum. In Latin, cum is the preposition "with," as in summa cum laude "with the highest distinction." To the little box on the Publix website, however, the word meant something else and its sophisticated algorithm, alert for naughty words, returned a little message that said "profane/special characters not allowed." It substituted three hyphens for "cum."
Jacob's mother was shocked and disappointed, saying, "I can’t believe I’m the first one to ever write "Summa Cum Laude" on a cake." Maybe not, but maybe yours was the first order this crew ever got that said it.
Publix offered to re-do the cake, but it was too late for that, so they gave her a $70 refund for the cake and a store gift card. Jacob, for his part, is getting ready for college in the fall.