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Bill Gates Gets His Diploma

bill-gates-graduate.jpgThis June, after a thirty-one year leave of absence, Bill Gates will return to Harvard University and receive an honorary degree after giving the commencement speech. Gates, Harvard’s most famous dropout, left the university in 1975 to work with Paul Allen at Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems on a BASIC interpreter, and never returned (though he did make a few bucks on the endeavour, which they called Micro-soft).

Harvard won’t say what the honorary degree is for until the commencement, but I doubt it is for Gates’ original goal, a pre-law degree. I’m guessing something Computer Science or Business related, or, if they want to go in the other direction, some degree related to his philanthropic efforts. I wonder if there’s a degree in Competition?

Gates already has three other honorary degrees, from the Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Breukelen, The Netherlands in 2000, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden in 2002 and Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan in 2005 (from Wikipedia), a fly named in his honor, was one of Time’s Persons of the Year, and was knighted by the Queen of England. Still, I’ll bet this holds a special place in his heart, letting him finish what he started back in 1973.

March 29th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate | 3 comments



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  1. Bill Gates also received a Honourary Degree from The University of Edinburgh in January.

    BTW The Queen is also the Queen of Scotland. ;)

    Comment by Lewis Stewart | March 30, 2007

  2. nerdddddddddd

    Comment by nick | September 19, 2007

  3. hes kool

    Comment by nick | September 19, 2007

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