Mark Zuckerberg is Facebook CEO and unarguably one of the most successful college dropouts in the world. The fact that he has been able to reach the heights that he has despite dropping out of school has been one of the many reasons why he is such an inspirational figure.
The Facebook CEO has over time become the poster boy for disrupting the norm and now that norm will be taking even more of a beating as he prepares to go back to Harvard University to give the commencement speech at the prestigious college on May 25.
It is expected to be such a glorious homecoming considering that the Facebook CEO founded Facebook (FB, Tech30) while he was a Harvard sophomore in 2004 before he dropped out to work on the company. The daring decision paid off and even Zuckerberg can now joke about it which he did alongside fellow Harvard dropout Bill Gates in a video posted to his Facebook page.
Facebook CEO and Bill Gates share the moment and joke about being dropouts
Bill Gates had the same honour of being a Harvard commencement speaker back in 2007, the same year Zuckerberg’s wife, paediatrician Priscilla Chan, graduated from the university. In the video, the Facebook CEO quips;
“They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?”
Bill Gates also assures Zuckerberg that he will get a degree after the commencement speech which he can then use to upgrade his CV and Zuckerberg during that line of conversation happily rejoins that he doesn’t even have to go to classes.
Harvard President Drew G. Faust said in a statement that “Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership has profoundly altered the nature of social engagement worldwide.” Continuing;
“Few inventions in modern times can rival Facebook in its far-reaching impact on how people around the globe interact with one another 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.”
Glowing words from an administration that was not always impressed with the Facebook CEO. Back in 2003, Zuckerberg made facemash.com — a “hot or not” for students and was promptly accused by the administration of “breaching security, violating copyrights and violating individual privacy,”. He actually had to face an administrative board to determine whether he should be kicked out.