Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has returned to Harvard University to give a graduation speech and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.
Based from his Facebook profile, Zuckerberg left Harvard in May 2004 to work on Facebook.
In his address, Zuckerberg encouraged graduates of his alma mater: “It’s our generation’s turn to build great things,” he said. “Let’s do big things… not just to create progress but to create purpose.”
He emphasized themes of equality, and opportunity, while encouraging students to be unafraid to take chances.
Zuckerberg also told students that “There is something wrong with our system when I can leave here and make billions of dollars in ten years when millions of students can’t afford to pay off their loans, let alone start a business.”
“We should explore ideas like universal basic income to make sure everyone has a cushion to try new ideas,” he stated.
“Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social contract. We should have a society that measures progress not just by economic metrics like GDP but by how many of us have a role we find meaningful.”
Since it’s launch in 2004, Facebook has inspired many other social media competitors like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter. Now more than 1.9 billion people log onto Facebook every day.