Chester Gets College Degree: A Cautionary Tail

Yes, "tail" as in dog, though this is some tale here about Chester the Pug Dog getting a degree.

Money can't buy you love, but for $499, you can buy a college degree.

Chester Ludlow, a pug dog from Vermont, has been awarded an online MBA (Masters in Business Administration) by Rochville University—an online college that offers distance learning degrees based on life and career experience.

Chester is believed to be the first dog to be awarded a college degree based on life experience. But did he earn it—or did he buy it?

Chester is GetEducated’s mascot. In May, he submitted his resume—along with $499—to Rochville University online. A week later, on June 5, 2009, an express packet arrived from a post office box in Dubai.

The package contained Chester’s MBA diploma, two sets of college transcripts, a certificate of distinction in finance, and a certificate of membership in the student council.

The paperwork says the pug “earned” a GPA of 3.19 (for an additional $100, he could have graduated with honors).

All documents were issued in the dog’s AKC pedigree name: Chester Ludlow. Chester also received a Rochville University window decal for his car (though reportedly the canine does not drive).

Source: [Retrieved 8 December 2009]

See Chester Ludlow's graduation ceremony on YouTube:

Hey, I wonder if Chester Ludlow could buy a stenotype degree with certification? I think he just might be outted on his first deposition when asked for a readback. LOL

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Comment by Glen Warner on December 8, 2009 at 6:52
Ol' Chester would still have to put his little piddies on the keys at one point or another ... and I suspect he's going to have some vowel problems!
Comment by Julie Guvernator on December 8, 2009 at 5:27
I bet if he read back the mushmouths, no one would know the difference. ;-)

Gee, why am I "clawing and scratching" my way through CR school when I could just BUY a degree?

Hope your day with the mushmouths goes better than yesterday.

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