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Governor pranked into congratulating ‘Harry Azcrac’ during online graduation


Governor pranked into congratulating ‘Harry Azcrac’ during online graduation

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves was pranked over the weekend into congratulating “Harry Azcrac” for graduating high school.

As the coronavirus pandemic has forced schools to pivot to online learning, it has also changed the way commencement ceremonies have been conducted.

Reeves marked the graduation of high school seniors by reading names during a Facebook Live event.

During it, seemingly out of nowhere, Reeves congratulated “Harry Azcrac” for graduating this year.

Reeves seems to have noticed what happened, pausing for a brief moment before continuing with the names of the graduates.

The prank was noticed by people online.

Even Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-N.J.) chief-of-staff got in on the fun.

“Responsible prankster, please contact our office regarding fall internship opportunities,” Matt Klapper tweeted.

To his credit, Reeves had a sense of humor about the prank.

On Thursday, the Mississippi governor tweeted that the prankster had a “bright future as a Simpson’s writer” and then joked that he’d be honoring more graduates including “Ben—the pride of the Dover family.”


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*First Published: May 20, 2020, 9:01 am

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics and technology staff writer for the Daily Dot. Andrew has written for USA Today,, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).

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