Facebook CEO, will be heading back to school after 12 years.
Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard dropout and CEO of a company worth nearly $400 billion, will be getting a college degree more than a decade after leaving his classes behind. The Facebook co-founder and chief executive left Harvard’s undergraduate computer science program in the fall of 2005 to pursue creating the social networking site which took the world by storm.
Zuckerberg will be the featured speaker for the class of 2017, during the school’s 366th commencement ceremony, on May 25.
The news was announced on Harvard website today, Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement that, “Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership has profoundly altered the nature of social engagement worldwide. Few inventions in modern times can rival Facebook in its far-reaching impact on how people around the globe interact with one another, and few individuals can rival Mark Zuckerberg in his drive to change our world through the innovative use of technology, as well as his commitment to advance science, enhance education, and expand opportunity through the pursuit of philanthropy.”
The CEO of the social media giant isn’t the first Harvard dropout to give commencement speech. Bill gates co-founder of Microsoft who also dropped out of college after just two years to co-find Microsoft with Paul Allen.
Harvard released a video featuring Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, talking about Zuckerberg’s invitation. In which Zuckerberg jokingly asks Gates, “They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?”