University of Louisville
- Louisville’s interim president managed to upset her entire school and its alumni during graduation on Friday.
- She, a Kentucky graduate, called the school by the wrong name and instead referred to UL as its biggest rival.
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The University of Louisville held its fall semester graduation ceremony on Friday and the school’s interim president made a major blunder. Lori Gonzalez, who graduated from the University of Kentucky, called her current school by the wrong name.
As a result of the mistake, UL alumni and students are up in arms. They believe that there is a larger takeover within the administration of their alma mater by Kentucky graduates and Gonzalez’s slip-up is just the latest example.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t thanks Neeli Bendapudi (Louisville’s former president) for her incredible leadership and passion to advance U of L into the thriving community we are today,” Gonzalez said. “I want to personally thank her for bringing me home to Kentucky and bringing me to this campus. I love the University of Kentucky and I plan to continue the tremendous progress and trajectory that we are on.”
Take a listen:
— Caleb Chandler Fan Account (@SpiralPilot) December 18, 2021
Immediately after calling the school by the wrong name, the crowd began to stir and boo. Gonzalez looked around as if she had no idea what had happened.
Once somebody clued her in, Gonzalez took a moment to compose herself before coming back with a resounding “GO CARDS!”
You can find her recovery attempt at the 59:05 mark below:
Despite the effort to save face, Gonzalez set the in-state rivalry ablaze. Kentucky fans were quick to jump on their “little brother.”
— Bradley Givler (@BradleyGivler22) December 18, 2021
President as she’s exiting the stage pic.twitter.com/3Xg3CsdYtY
— AllBlueAllDay (@AllBlueAllDay) December 18, 2021
— Tyler Bacon (@TylerJBacon) December 18, 2021
One Kentucky fan even referred to the situation as “Operation Inside Job.”
Operation Inside Job is stepping it up. https://t.co/NgXFITqg0i
— Bob Jingleballin (@brow_down) December 18, 2021
The reference goes much deeper than Gonzalez’s graduation mistake. There has been a recent conspiracy amongst Louisville fans and alumni that Kentucky graduates and former staffers are invading their administration and athletic department just to sabotage it all.
Naturally, the Cardinals faithful had a field day. Some had jokes, others were very upset. Most of them were upset.
Shortest interim presidency you’ll ever see (I hope). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a university have so many rival school alums in their administrative ranks like at UofL. It’s embarrassing and at this point blatant. Why would any @UofLAlum donate to this shit show right now https://t.co/MXbT7zfHj0
— Jake Gubitz (@g00fyGuuubz) December 18, 2021
Like not only did she say that she loved the university of Kentucky, she said it at the University of Louisville graduation. pic.twitter.com/xQtP7Rmil2
— . (@ItsPaoloni) December 18, 2021
THIS. THIS IS THE PROBLEM. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE FREAKING PROBLEM. GET THESE BLUE LOSERS OUT OF THE CITY https://t.co/CUYNwiyFcC
— KingOfTheNerds😎 (@blackandmilez) December 18, 2021
U of L board of trustees number one requirement for the position. UK fan. We must start with the board. https://t.co/Mg1MYPsFjR
— Andrew (@ndrewJS) December 18, 2021
Please kill us all now and save us the misery. https://t.co/L0xQaMV0cx
— Jonathan Blue (@1CardsFan) December 18, 2021
Seriously we can't make this shiii up man SMH Either we intentionally are being screwed with or just absolutely cursed with this crap https://t.co/HdZKPoaBJJ
— Charles McGhee (@CharlesMcGhee10) December 18, 2021
Even I am beginning to wonder if some UK billionaire donor has been pulling an elaborate prank on Louisville for the last 10 years. Unbelievable. https://t.co/ZFO08rzRGt
— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) December 18, 2021
How does this happen to us 🙄🙄🙄 anyone with Uk bloodlines need to be rid of now. https://t.co/VGWxWDIb27
— Chris O’Keefe (@okeefechris93) December 18, 2021
College rivalries are the best.