Harvard Picks Dropout Mark Zuckerberg As 2017 Graduation Speaker


Harvard Picks Dropout Mark Zuckerberg As 2017 Graduation Speaker

Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook in a Harvard dorm room, but left the university in 2005 to run what is now the world's largest social media site. He posted a short video on his Facebook page which features fellow Harvard dropout and honorary degree recipient Bill Gates munching on some snacks while Zuckerberg pretends to spot the Harvard invitation on his iPhone.

The university's president praised Zuckerberg's leadership and how he altered the nature of social engagement worldwide.

The announcement comes 10 years after Harvard had its first tech billionaire dropout, Bill Gates, speak at commencement. According to Fortune, Zuckerberg opted to drop out his studies being a sophomore student in the in 2006 to move to Palo Alto, California.

"They know we actually didn't graduate?"

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. Ahead of the big day that would witness the Harvard alumni returning home after 12 years, Zuckerberg met another Harvard drop-out (any guesses?) to share the big news.

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"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", he adds. Good luck on your speech.

Gates was awarded a similar honorary degree by Harvard in 2007 when he had given their commencement speech that year.

Since then, the company has had wild success (you may even be reading this article because it was shared on Facebook).

While most commencement exercises are sober, Harvard University wants to make this one a little more radical.



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