The national health crisis in the United States has taken the lives of nearly 100 thousand Americans and infected a 1 1/2 million more.
As a result of the high infection rate, state leaders across the country have heeded the advice of health experts and forbidden large gatherings.
Among these gatherings are the graduations of the high school and college seniors, whose academic year had already been cut short due to the virus.
Determined to still mark the momentous occasion safely, national and local leaders have been facilitating virtual celebrations.
You may have caught former President Barack Obama's commencement speech on major networks this past weekend. Beyoncé and Lizzo are set to appear with the Obamas at a similar event on YouTube next month.
The Republican Governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, also attempted to congratulate Mississippi's graduates with a virtual ceremony—complete with a senior prank.
The laughable moment came as Reeves was reading the names of graduates—and one name stuck out.
The governor of Mississippi is reading the names of graduates. And someone submitted the name “Harry Azcrac” 😂😂 https://t.co/Kr7M1JISJc— ⓛⓜⓣ° ~ 🦖🏏 🌊 (@ⓛⓜⓣ° ~ 🦖🏏 🌊)1589850724.0
Reeves read one of the submitted names:
Mississippian Thomas DeMartini was reportedly the one behind the prank.
Proud moment: I got Tate reeves to say the name Harry Azcrac on Facebook live. And yes I’ve been laughing for about 25 minutes now— Thomas DeMartini 🍸 (@Thomas DeMartini 🍸)1589661713.0
Even Tate Reeves acknowledged that the prank was a good one.
Harry’s submitter has a bright future as a Simpson’s writer! In 10 minutes we’ll be honoring more graduates on Fac… https://t.co/6CjON7S6vI— Tate Reeves (@Tate Reeves)1589925085.0
The internet soon joined in the laughter.
Not all heroes wear capes https://t.co/uwlkhtjAs4— Steve Gorman (@Steve Gorman)1589916838.0
This kid is my new hero. ✊🏼 #Mississippi https://t.co/nUIOOj5ktM https://t.co/ZXR9LCwYuB— Chase Sherman (@Chase Sherman)1589976012.0
In the long annals of senior pranks, is getting the governor to say this the greatest ever? https://t.co/xJv4uCDPUy— Dan Wetzel (@Dan Wetzel)1589899762.0
I got the giggles on this. I’m such a Beavis https://t.co/K2MJXyPFm6— Maury Brown (@Maury Brown)1589947123.0
Some began invoking prank names of their own.
I bet that trickster Mike Hunt did this! https://t.co/SWEYenGuCe— Bryan Suits. KFI Los Angeles/Early Seltzer Adopter (@Bryan Suits. KFI Los Angeles/Early Seltzer Adopter)1589983258.0
@yokoboji @KFILE What, no Mike Hunt or Phil McCracken ?— Paul Touliatos (@Paul Touliatos)1589933724.0
@yokoboji @profjimmyc Harry Cox. Big Harry Cox... Right, @lukewarmtallboy?— Laurent Blankety Blanc (@Laurent Blankety Blanc)1589933679.0