Graduation parties are commonplace this time of year. High school seniors are entering the big, wide, wild world of adulthood; many will be enjoying their final summer before heading off to college hitting the books and let’s be honest, the party scene. College graduates will enter the workforce, ready to put their hard-earned skills to the test.
One family wanted to celebrate their son’s accomplishments. Cara Koscinski of Charleston, South Carolina ordered a cake from the bakery at Publix. She wanted it to read: “Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude Class of 2018”
Jacob attended a Christian-based home-schooling program, finishing with a 4.79 grade Point average. When Cara unveiled the cake before her son and 18 guests at his party, she discovered the ‘Cum’ in ‘Cum Laude’ had been replaced with a ‘—,.’ Publix has strict rules, disallowing naughty words.
Cara posted everyone’s reaction to the cake on Facebook. “Ok. I didn’t want to post, but I cannot resist. I ordered Jacob’s graduation cake from Publix. A $70 cake!! He earned a 4.79 GPA. Publix refused to write the words, Summa Cum Laude because I was using ‘profanity!’ They put three dashes instead of the word! How utterly ridiculous and I will be speaking to a manager for a refund. Shame on you Publix for turning an innocent Latin phrase into a total embarrassment for having to explain to my son and others (including my 70-year-old mother) about this joke of a cake. My son was humiliated!!! I seriously couldn’t make this crap up!!!! Funny-not funny. 😡 Edit: The person who picked up the cake on the day of the graduation did not know what I requested to be put on the cake.”
For those of you who concur with Publix reasoning, let me enlighten you a bit. ‘Cum’ in the phrase summa cum laude is the Latin preposition “with.” This is translated to “With the highest distinction.” No naughty words here.
According to Cara, “Jacob was “absolutely humiliated,” Koscinski said to The Post. “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.”
For their blunder, the grocery store chain gave her a $70 gift card. Though I understand the family’s displeasure, they apparently have no sense of humor. Laugh this incident off; this could be something you recount fondly to your own children one day instead of responding with humiliation. Things could always be worse.
Shake it off, Jacob. College is going to come at you fast. You’ll need a much thicker skin to survive in the big bad world.