Zuckerberg says commencement speech was the first thing he completed at Harvard
Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg returned to the university Thursday to give graduates a commencement address, filled with calls for building a connected world “where every single person has a sense of goal”.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address to Harvard University graduates on Thursday, during which he proposed an ambitious challenge: create a renewed sense of objective for the world.
“We have a generational challenge to not only create new jobs, but to create a renewed sense of goal”, he said.
Zuckerber started Facebook in his dorm room in 2004 which started off as a closed networking site for Harvard students but was now a global communications force with almost two billion members.
He posted a photo on Facebook of himself holding his honorary degree and standing next to his proud parents, writing: ‘Mom, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree’. Zuckerberg’s speech didn’t gain viral notoriety because of his words of wisdom, but because Facebook’s live-stream included some, um, interesting closed-captions.
Zuckerberg co-founded thefacebook.com from his dorm room in the University and dropped out of the college in the year 2005 after his company shifted its headquarters to California.
And yes, giving everyone the freedom to pursue goal isn’t free.
On the topic of “wealth inequality”, Zuckerberg told Harvard grads it “hurts everyone”. He began his speech telling students, “You accomplished something I never could”.
“When our parents graduated, the objective in their lives came through their work, their church, their community. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas”, he said.
Others included “10 websites that Mark Zuckerbook stole from the water sports boys”, “Boy wonder Mruff Zunderbrall scores winning goooal!” and “More Zinkletink zonks all over the internet”.
Zuckerberg has denied interest in running for president of the United States before – most recently three days ago – but today he hit candidate talking points during the speech such as climate change, affordable health care, universal basic income, and talk of a “new social contract” as tech and automation swallow human jobs.
“Today I want to talk about objective”, he said.
But as he was turning Facebook into the behemoth that would eventually make him one of the richest people on Earth, Zuckerberg decided he didn’t have time to complete his degree.
When he first created Facebook, he thought someone else would be the one to connect the world.