Zuckerberg’s Degree: Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard where he dropped out to get his degree.
He received an honorary degree at the 366th Commencement on Thursday, May 25.
The moneybag shared pictures at the academic event. One of the pictures where he was joyfully flanked by his parents, Zuckerberg captioned it thus:
“Mom, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree”
Mark Zuckerberg invented the world’s leading social network, Facebook in his Harvard dormitory in 2004. By 2005 he had dropped out of school to concentrate on his invention.
Similarly, Bill Gates dropped out in 1975 and returned in 2007 to receive an honorary degree from Harvard.
Zuckerberg’s Degree has perhaps proven that if it came in handy for some of the world’s notable billionaire school dropouts, they would all have PhDs.
While at the Harvard ceremony, 33-year old Zuckerberg delivered a commencement speech. He touched on America’s economics, health care system and the need to “modernize democracy”.
From his speech, it was gathered that his major goal remains to unite the world with the Facebook platform.
He centred the speech on the essence of purpose. Zuckerberg’s maturity over the 12 year period was revealed during the speech.
First he addressed the issue of technology and economic inequality.
The 5th world richest man duly acknowledged that acquiring education is not easy for everyone.
“Let’s face it,”
“There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in 10 years while millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.”
Secondly he took a plunge into the matter immigration. Zuckerberg believes that Trump’s immigration policies negates his purpose of connecting the world.
Recall that he, alongside other tech giants threatened to sue Trump over the Travel ban.
He later shared the story of a high school senior he once encountered. The young student was an undocumented immigrant. Bearing in mind he would be deported at any point, the student was still resilient in living out his purpose in social justice, regardless of what the future holds for him.
“But if a high school senior who doesn’t know what the future holds can do his part to move the world forward, then we owe it to the world to do our part too.”
Being a proof himself, he encouraged students and all who were gathered to activate their purpose in life. Going further on, he advises that impacting the society is a gradual consistent journey.
“Change starts local. Even global changes start small – with people like us,”
Last year the Facebook CEO revealed that he would be delving into more humanitarian causes.
The money bag urged the American government to consider universal basic income.
“Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract,”
“We should have a society that measures progress not by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful. We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas.”