Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the company whose net worth is around $45 billion will be getting a college degree nearly 12 years after leaving his classes behind.
Zuckerberg left Harvard’s undergraduate computer science program in the year 2005 in order to develop the most popular social media site. Now, the facebook CEO and one of Harvard University’s most famous dropouts will return to his one-time alma mater to deliver the commencement address to Harvard’s class of 2017 at the convocation ceremony in this summer and nab his honorary degree in the process.
“Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership has profoundly altered the nature of social engagement worldwide. Few inventions in modern times can rival Facebook in its far-reaching impact on how people around the globe interact with one another,” said Harvard President Drew Faust in a post on the Harvard website.
“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”, Faust added.
The news was announced on Tuesday on the Harvard website. Zuckerberg, 32, will be the featured speaker at the University’s 366th commencement on May 25th.
However, Zuckerberg is not the only dropout of Harvard to give the commencement address at his former university. The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is a Harvard dropout and he spoke at the university’s commencement in 2007. Zuckerberg even made a video in which he asks Gates for tips on writing his commencement speech.
Here’s the video:
Bill Gates also left a comment on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post which reads, “Always happy to help, Mark. Good luck on your speech. Hope the honorary degree helps you land your dream job.”
Information source: theverge
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