A local Missouri prankster has graduated from Missouri State University, except he was never even enrolled there. In fact, he flunked out of college himself. Once comedian Jaron Myers, learned all you needed was a piece of paper with your name on it to walk at graduation, he decided to give it a shot by sneaking into the college’s graduation.
Myers explains that he went down to the bookstore on the day of the graduation and bought himself a $38 cap and gown. He then went over to JQH Arena where the ceremony was being held and blended in with the real students. "I thought for sure that this was when I was going to get caught," Myers said. "All of the sudden, I was in line. I just kept walking and suddenly on the floor."
He did face one minor issue when he realized that all of the students had been carrying card stock papers with their names on them. Myers’ was written on printer paper. But that didn’t seem to matter to the announcer reading names who didn’t skip a beat when they read out his name, “Jaron Kyler Myers.” He walked across the stage, just like the rest of the students, shook hands with MSU President Clif Smart, and received a diploma holder.
He later tweeted a pic of his “graduation” writing, “I dropped out of college 4 years ago but today I bought a cap and gown for $38 and snuck into the line of a college I have never been enrolled in. Hope my mom is proud." And she was - the comedian’s mom reportedly texted her son to tell him how proud she was of his prank.
And get this - MSU isn’t even mad about the prank. Suzanne Shaw, vice president of marketing and communications at the university feels the joke was on him. "He had to sit there for two hours for graduation, so I don't know who the real winner was here," Shaw says. "We were happy we were his college of choice to 'graduate' from."