Dear, Harvard: 10 memorable quotes from Zuckerberg's speech
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 18:18
Twelve years after dropping out of Harvard University, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, will finally get a college degree from his old university.
On Thursday, he returned to Cambridge to collect an honorary doctorate and give a commencement speech to the class of 2017. At 33, Zuckerberg becomes the youngest commencement speaker ever at Harvard and only the second drop out - the first was Bill Gates. Steve Jobs, who dropped out of Reed College in OR, gave Stanford's commencement speech in 2005. On Tuesday, a nostalgic Mark Zuckerberg live-streamed a visit to his old dorm room, where he made tech history with his friends. Mark Zuckerberg went to Harvard University in MA 13 years ago, but left early to launch his revolutionary online social network.
"When our parents graduated, goal reliably came from your job, your church, your community", Zuckerberg, 33, said in a commencement speech. Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself with his parents and his Harvard degree posing with his parents, smiles on all three faces and degree in hand.
"And few individuals can rival Mark Zuckerberg in his drive to change our world through the innovative use of technology, as well as his commitment to advance science, enhance education, and expand opportunity through the pursuit of philanthropy".
The world's fifth-richest person, worth $62.3b (£48.1b), famously dropped out of Harvard after launching the global social-networking website. He received an honorary degree from the university in 2007. "We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful". He recalled it as the "best memory from Harvard". If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today. "Anyone working on a big vision is going to get called insane, even if you end up right".
The theme of his talk was goal, which he said would be even more important in the future when more people are entrepreneurs and "tens of millions" of jobs are lost to automation.
"We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure that everyone has a cushion to try new ideas". More than 10 years later, he has a virtual butler at his home called Jarvis. You can also give time.