Here is the full transcript of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard Commencement Speech which was delivered on Thursday, May 25, 2017.
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I would be remiss on this special occasion if I did not say thank you for using your T-shirt wardrobe to demonstrate to the world that male sartorial elegance doesn’t always present itself in a suit, tie and cufflinks. Most importantly, thank you for being with us today on our special day.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my high honor to introduce Dr. Mark Zuckerberg.
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO, Facebook
I love this place. Thank you all for coming out in the rain, the pouring rain. We’re going to make this worth it for you.
President Faust, Board of Overseers, faculty, friends, alumni, proud parents, members of the ad board, and graduates of the greatest university in the world.
I’m honored to be here with you today because, let’s face it, you accomplished something I never could. If I get through this speech today, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something here at Harvard. Class of 2017, congratulations!
Now I’m an unlikely speaker today, not just because I dropped out, but because we’re technically in the same generation. We walked this yard less than a decade apart, we studied the same ideas and slept through the same Ec10 lectures. We may have taken different routes to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad, but today I want to share what I’ve learned about our generation and the world we’re all building together.