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I love this place.

Thank you all for coming out in in the rain, the pouring rain.

We're gonna 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 will 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 roads to get here, especially if you came all the way from the Quad.

But today I wanna share what I've learned about our generation and the world we're all building together.
But first, these last couple of days have brought back a lot of good memories.

 

How many of you remember exactly where you were and what you're doing

when you got that email telling you (that) you got into Harvard?

I was playing the video game Civilization and I ran downstairs and got my dad.

And for some reason, his reaction was to video me opening the email.

That could've been a really really sad video.

But I swear getting into Harvard is still the thing my parents are most proud of me for.

My mom is nodding.

You know what I'm talking about.

Look guys, it's tough to beat this.

You'll see when you get out there.
How many of you remember your first lecture at Harvard?

Mine was Computer Science 121 with the incredible Harry Lewis.

Harry?

I was running late for class.

So I threw on a T-shirts.

And I  didn't realize until afterwards that it was inside out and backwards (and so) my tag was sticking out the front.

I couldn't figure out why no one in class would talk to me, except for this one guy, K.-X. Jin.

He just went with it.

We started doing our problem sets together, and now he runs a big part of Facebook.


And that, class of 2017, is why you should be nice to people.

But my best memory from Harvard is meeting Priscilla.

I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to "see" me.

Everyone thought I was gonna get kicked out.

My parents drove up here to help me pack my stuff.

My friends threw me a going-away party.

Who does that?

As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friends, and we met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower.

And in what must be one of the all time romantic lines, I turned her and said:

"I'm getting kicked out in three days. So we need to go on a date quickly."
Actually, any of you graduating today can use that line.

"I'm getting kicked out today. We need to go on a date fast."
I didn't end up getting kicked out.

I did that to myself.

Priscilla and I started dating and, you know, that movie made it seem like Facemash was so important to starting Facebook.

It wasn't.

 

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But without Facemash I never would have met Priscilla, and Priscilla is the most important person in my life.

So you could still say it was the most important thing I built in my time here.
We have all started lifelong friendships here, and some of us even families.

That's why I'm so grateful to this place.

Thanks, Harvard.

Today, I wanna talk about purpose.

But I'm not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose.

We're millennials.

We try to do that instinctively.

Instead, I'm here to tell you that finding your purpose isn't enough.

The challenge for our generation is to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose.
One of my favorite stories is when JFK went to go visit the NASA space center, and

he saw a janitor holding a broom and he asked him what he was doing.

And the janitor responded: "Mr. President, I'm helping put a man on the moon."
Purpose is that feeling that you are a part of something bigger than yourself,

that you are needed, and that you have something better ahead to work for.

Purpose is what creates true happiness.

 

https://youtu.be/4VwElW7SbLA

 

 

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