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Salman Khan’s 2012 Commencement Address at MIT (Full Transcript)

Salman Khan

Below is the full transcript of the commencement address delivered by Salman Khan, the founder of Khan Academy at MIT’s Commencement on June 8, 2012.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here: Salman Khan’s 2012 Commencement Address at MIT


Announcer: It’s now my honor to introduce our Commencement Day speaker, the founder of the online education phenomenon known as the Khan Academy, Sal Khan.

Sal earned three degrees from MIT, a Bachelor’s in Mathematics, as well as a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science rounding out his education with a MBA from Harvard. Sal began his career as a hedge fund analyst. Within a few years, however, he discovered quite by accident what has become his calling. Through preparing video tutorials to help his young cousin learn math, he came to understand both his own gifts as a teacher and a great gift that he could give to the world by creating an online library of 1000s of free bite-size videos that would shed light on any topic he chose, from geometry to the GDP.

Today, the Khan Academy Channel on YouTube has more than 330,000 subscribers and has delivered more than 156,000,000 lessons and has for millions of students, replaced bafflement with understanding. For launching this revolutionary experiment in online learning, in the year 2012 Time Magazine named Sal Khan as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet. This is not the first time that Sal has spoken from the commencement stage here in Killian Court, because he also served as President of his class.

In 1998, addressing his fellow graduates, Sal said, and I quote, “It is no exaggeration to say that we will change the world.”

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