Here is the full transcript of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s 2016 commencement speech at UC Berkeley.
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Introducer: …positively impacts our communities while being ambitious in all aspects of our lives. We could use some inspiration.
So without further ado, please help me welcome Sheryl Sandberg.
Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
Thank you. Thank you, Marie. And thank you esteemed members of the faculty, proud parents, devoted friends, squirming siblings. Congratulations to all of you, but especially congratulations to the magnificent Berkeley Class of 2016!
It’s my privilege to be here at Berkeley, which has produced so many Nobel Prize winners, Turing Award winners, astronauts, members of Congress, Olympic gold medalists, and that’s just the women!
Berkeley has always been ahead of the times. As Chancellor Dirks said, in the 1960s, you led the Free Speech Movement. Back then, people used to say with all the hair, how do we even tell the men from the women? Today we know the answer: manbuns.
Early on, Berkeley opened its doors to the entire population. When this campus opened in 1873, you had 167 men and 222 women. It took my alma mater another 90 years to give a single degree to a single woman.
One of the women who came here in search of opportunity was Rosalind Nuss. Roz grew up scrubbing floors in the Brooklyn boardinghouse where she lived. In high school, her parents pulled her out of school to help support the family. And it was a local teacher who talked to her parents into putting her back into school. In 1937, she sat where you sit today and she became a Berkeley graduate.