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Edited Transcript of Sheryl Sandberg Addresses The Class of 2012 at HBS

Sheryl Sandberg Speaks at HBS 2012

Here is the full transcript (Edited version) of the Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s address to the graduating Class of 2012 at Harvard Business School.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

Introducer: Please join me in welcoming Sheryl Sandberg.

Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook

Thank you. Thank you, Catherine. It’s an honor to be here today to address HBS’s distinguished faculty, proud parents, patient guests, and most importantly the class of 2012.

It’s an honor to be here today to address HBS’s distinguished faculty, proud parents, patient guests, and most importantly, the class of 2012.

Today was supposed to be a day of unbridled celebration and I know that’s no longer true. I join all of you in grieving for your classmate Nate. There are no words that make something like this better. Although laden with sadness, today still marks a distinct and impressive achievement for this class. So please everyone join me in giving our warmest congratulations to the Class of 2012.

When the wonderful Dean Nohria invited me to speak here today, I thought, come talk to a group of people way younger and cooler than I am? I can do that, I do that every day at Facebook. And I like being surrounded by young people except when they say to me, “What was it like being in college without the internet”, or worse, “Sheryl, can you come here, we need to see what old people are going to think of this feature”.

It’s a special privilege for me to be here this month. When I was a student here 17 years ago, I studied social marketing with Professor Kash Rangan, and one of the many examples Kash used to explain the concept of social marketing was the lack of organ donors in this country, which kills 18 people every single day. Earlier this month, Facebook launched a tool to support organ donations, something that stems directly from Kash’s work. Kash, wherever you are here, we are all grateful for your dedication.

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