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How refreshing for a university to take students' names seriously at commencement! The customary fumbling, butchery, and even laughter of administrators over international or difficult names traditionally has always offended me.
A real professional doing this extra work when most would not. Very impressive. I think they should hire her at the U. of MN and other colleges around the state!
Now, I'm not saying that Ms. Niemi pronounces her own name incorrectly, nor am I proposing that the writer got it wrong, but, in a true Finnish pronunciation, it would be "NEE-eh-mee".
Interestingly, if it is indeed pronounced "Nee-mee" then the standard Finnish spelling would be "Nimi" which, as I'm sure you all know, is translated to "Name" in English.
Regardless, how wonderful it is that she takes such pride in her work.
That's a good point, skanski. Jayne did mention that. And in high school, the reader pronounced her name as it would be in Finnish. But that is not how she pronounces her name. Which it brings up an interesting point. She does not pronounce a student's names "correctly," always, but instead attempts to match a student's preference.
This woman deserves a gold star! I've sat through ceremonies that were important milestones for the attendees and listened to their names butchered by someone who just couldn't be bothered to learn them. Our name is who we are, and we deserve to have it pronounced correctly.
Good PR on the part of the college. You don't want to mispronounce the student's name when the parents who paid over $200,000 for the degree are sitting in the audience.
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