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1516, 12 Jul 21

Barnes Finally Gets Degree After Lying About it for Years

Well then

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is preparing to enter next year’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, quietly received his diploma from Alabama A&M University in May 2020, 12 years after he attended classes there.

Barnes came under criticism two years ago for saying that he had a degree even though he had not yet fulfilled all the requirements to receive one.

Here’s his excuse:

In a statement, Barnes told the Journal Sentinel: “In 2008, I completed all my courses at Alabama A&M and walked in graduation ceremonies. However, due to a minor technical issue with my transcript, the diploma was never sent. Last year, I worked with the appropriate Alabama A&M officials to resolve the internal error and was awarded the diploma I earned back in 2008.”

Barnes faced questions about his degree after telling Madison’s Isthmus newspaper in August 2019 that he left college before completing his degree. In response to a Wisconsin State Journal candidate questionnaire in 2018 when he was running in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, his campaign stated he had a “BA in Broadcast Journalism-Alabama A&M University.” A BA is a bachelor of arts degree.

The issue was never whether or not he has a degree. The issue is that he lied about it (and then threw a nameless staffer under the bus).


1516, 12 July 2021

1 Comment

  1. Merlin

    Can’t help but wonder if the “minor technical issue with my transcript” had anything to do with 12 year old outstanding debt to A&M. No zero balance, no paper.

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