Mark Zuckerberg Addresses 8th Grade Graduation

While you'd typically expect a billionaire to speak to Ivy League college graduates, Mark Zuckerberg decided to speak at an 8th grade graduation at a school next to Facebook's new campus.

While you’d typically expect a billionaire to speak to Ivy League college graduates, Mark Zuckerberg decided to speak at an 8th grade graduation at a school next to Facebook’s new campus.

The Chief Executive Officer was short and sweet with his words, deciding to impart some knowledge on the young class. The main point of the talk was that “there’s no shortcuts” to success (aside from the grammar shortcut).

As Techcrunch first summarized, Zuckerberg had three primary points to get across:

  • There are no shortcuts to success.
  • Great friendships are the most important thing.
  • Do what you love.

In addition to sharing his lessons learned, he also shared a brief story about one of his middle-school teachers who wore an eye patch:

The teacher who was most memorable was Mr. Walsh… Every day on the way to class the Montessori students would walk by and say “Hey, look, a pirate.” He’d look back at them and say, “Yes, a pirate, arrrgh!”

It’s not the most humorous speech, but definitely interesting to note. You can see the complete talk in the video below.