Thursday, 22 June, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg to get his Harvard degree 12 years after dropping out

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg chosen to address Harvard grads Harvard dropout to give Harvard commencement speech
Cecilia Poole | 09 March, 2017, 00:23

In a video posted to his Facebook page, Zuckerberg joked with Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) cofounder and fellow Harvard dropout Bill Gates about the speaking engagement.

Mark Zuckerberg infamously dropped out of Harvard (like all the greats) to found a major company and attempt to take over the world.

Harvard President Drew Faust lauded the former student's leadership and his company's impact on how almost 1.9 billion people interact, saying she looks forward to welcoming Zuckerberg back to the varsity on Commencement day. The Microsoft co-founder delivered the commencement speech in 2007 when Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, graduated from Harvard.

You don't necessarily have to go to college to achieve success - and people like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates prove that. "Few inventions in modern times can rival Facebook in its far-reaching impact on how people around the globe interact with one another", Faust said. And guess what, this time he is even going to get a degree without attending any classes (every student's dream come true!). During his sophomore year, he and his friends created "thefacebook.com", a networking site exclusive to Harvard students.

Given that Mark Zuckerberg is not the most engaging speaker and actor, he asks Mr. Gates for tips and ideas on what to say at the graduation ceremony.

While most commencement exercises are sober, Harvard University wants to make this one a little more radical. He also said that some individuals can compete with Zuckerberg in his drive to change the world by "the innovative use of technology" and "his commitment to advance science". Good luck on your speech. He is set to give the commencement address to the Harvard class of 2017 where the school will be awarding him with a honorary degree.

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