Mark Zuckerberg gets his Harvard degree at last – 12 years after dropping out

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Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook CEO is back in Harvard, and in his possession is the degree he never received because he famously dropped out to build the social media network, USA College Today reports.

Last Thursday evening, the Ivy League school finally conferred an honorary degree to Zuckerberg, 12 years after one of its most famous students left its leafy campus.

While there, Zuckerberg took time to dispense some sage advice to the new crop of graduates in his commencement speech.

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.’

 

“To keep our society moving forward, we have a generational challenge — to not only create new jobs, but create a renewed sense of purpose,” Zuckerberg told Harvard graduates.

“It’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You also have to create a sense of purpose for others.”

Zuckerberg was referring to the gap between yesterday’s baby boomers and today’s millennials graduating from college to a less prosperous economy. Back in those days, he said, their parents’ ‘purpose’ was their job, church and community.

But that’s not the case today, Zuckerberg says.

“But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed and are trying to fill a void.”

The Ivy League institution was where a 19-year-old Zuckerberg and fellow Harvard students started Facebook, a company that is probably the most prominent and profitable online social media service in the world today.

Today, the Facebook chairman, CEO and co-founder has a net worth of US$63.5 billion, according to Forbeswhile Facebook now trades at above US$150/share.

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