Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves Harry Azcrac

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Governor pranked into congratulating ‘Harry Azcrac’ during online graduation

Gov. Tate Reeves did have a sense of humor about the prank.

May 20, 2020, 12:52 pm*



Andrew Wyrich

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) was pranked over the weekend into congratulating “Harry Azcrac” for graduating high school.

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

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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.

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The prank was noticed by people online.

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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.

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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