Famous Dropout Mark Zuckerberg Will Get a Harvard Degree After All

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Harvard just announced that Facebook founder and aspiring politician Mark Zuckerberg will deliver this year’s commencement address. As part of the deal, the university will give Zuckerberg an honorary degree and an honorary doctoral gown. This, despite the fact that Zuck dropped out of Harvard College in his sophomore year.

Clearly elated by this turn of events, Mark Zuckerberg invited Bill Gates to sit on a couch and endure almost 60 seconds of very bad acting as he pretended to spot Harvard’s invitation on his iPhone. Gates casually munches on snacks as Zuck grins at him like an impatient school boy with a crush on the teacher. The aging Microsoft founder and fellow dropout—who gave the Harvard commencement address ten years ago when Zuck’s wife Priscilla graduated as Mark watched from the crowd—is a good sport about the whole thing. He even pretends to help Zuckerberg write his speech. It’s all pretty painful to watch.

So mark your calendars, education fans. On May 25, Zuckerberg will stand behind a microphone in Harvard Yard and anoint the latest class of graduates who actually managed to earn their degrees. Priscilla will surely look on affectionately, remembering how she not only graduated from college but also medical school. Perhaps they’ll stay through the weekend so that Priscilla can enjoy some of the festivities surrounding her 10-year reunion. Maybe they’ll stop at Burdick’s in Harvard Square, where they ate little chocolate mice on their first date. Very possibly they’ll announce some sort of donation to Harvard, the richest school in America with an endowment of $35 billion.


Realistically, though, Zuckerberg will wonder if his speech will be as good as the one Tim Cook will give at MIT’s commencement on June 9. Tim Cook graduated from Duke, twice. It’s hard for anyone to compete with such well educated men and women. So please pray for poor Mark, who gave up on college to pursue his dreams.

[Harvard Magazine]

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Mister Sterling

That really is pathetic. Harvard has been pathetic for it’s whole history. But don’t let anyone tell you that it’s a liberal bubble. It’s a corporation, awash in cash, and it knows that money talks louder than who earns enough credits or whatever. So yeah, commencement speeches are fundraising events. I saw Cecile Richards speak at Brown in 2010. An actual alumnus, who graduated from the institution, and had great things to say is becoming more and more rare. Full disclosure: I am a U Mass alum. Our alumni billionaire is Jack Welch, who I would never listen to.