Mark Zuckerberg, Judi Dench receive honorary Harvard degrees

The idea of helping people find objective, in particular, he said, "hit home with everybody" because "no matter what level you are in society, you have to have goal". "Goal is what creates true happiness".

During his graduation speech, he said, "Not only create new jobs, but create a new sense of objective". He describes this objective as Facebook's new mission after spending over a decade try to make the world more "open and connected". It was a speech focused on the importance of finding a sense of objective in a world that so desperately needs one. "Finding your goal isn't enough".

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Zuckerberg talked about pursuing "big meaningful" projects, citing the space program and Hoover Dam as examples from past generations. "How about modernizing democracy so everyone can vote online, and personalizing education so everyone can learn", Zuckerberg continued.

Mr Zuckerberg hilariously recalled the moment he got into Harvard as well.

Rather than focusing on the opportunities for the Harvard students graduating in front of him, he urged the students to ignite opportunities for those less fortunate. "It will be nice to finally have a college degree on my resume".

On Thursday, Zuckerberg received an honorary doctoral degree from the university, along with nine other people including the actress Judi Dench, the composer John Williams (known for "Star Wars", "Harry Potter" and many other scores) and Somali human rights activist and physician Hawa Abdi Dhiblawe. He left Harvard his sophomore year.

On Thursday afternoon, Mark Zuckerberg took a break from his apolitical-but-probably-political tour of America to give the commencement speech to Harvard's Class of 2017.

Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook before dropping out of Harvard, also used his speech to explain his view of technology in starkly clear terms: he believes that technological progress as a whole is threatening to many people's way of life, but certain individual technologies, including Facebook, actually change people's lives for the better. In late 2015, when they made the pledge, the shares were worth about $45 billion.

Facebook, however, hasn't been without its controversies.

Last week, Zuckerberg shared a video of him finding out he had been accepted into Harvard. In just one year, more than three in four USA millennials donated to charity and more than seven in 10 raised money for another one.

Facebook has close to two billion monthly active users, and a market capitalization of $450 billion - the fifth most valuable company after Apple, Google's parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon. Oh, and it seems he can't call himself a college dropout anymore.

  • Salvatore Jensen