Bill Gates Receives His Degree at Harvard
and Delivers a Speech to the Graduating Class.
He asks them and Harvard University, “Should our best minds be dedicated to taking on the world’s inequities? Should Harvard students know about the depth of global poverty, disease, inequalities? Harvard will answer with their policies.”
Quote from Bill Gates’ mother to his then fiancee, Melinda Gates on the day before the wedding: “To those who much is given, much is expected.”
He encourages the students to take on the world’s inequities. “You are coming of age, awareness of global inequities… and you will have an informed conscience that will torment you if you abandon these people whose lives you could change with modest effort… Start sooner, carry on longer.”
“I hope you will judge yourselves, not only on your professional accomplishments alone… but also how well you have addressed the world’s deepest inequities, on how well you treated people a world away who have nothing in common with you, but their humanity.”