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Mark Zuckerberg has returned to Harvard University to give a graduation speech and receive an honorary degree.

The Facebook founder and world’s fifth-richest person, worth $62.3 billion, famously dropped out of Harvard after launching the global social-networking website.

Mark Zuckerberg, 33, called for students to “not only create new jobs, but create a new sense of purpose”.

Political experts think he may be positioning himself to run for office.

During his remarks on May 25, Mark Zuckerberg told graduates that “we live in an unstable time”.

“There’s pressure to turn inwards,” he said about those that feel left behind by increased globalization.

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“This is the struggle of our time. The forces of freedom, openness and global community against the forces of authoritarianism, isolationism and nationalism.”

Mark Zuckerberg pointed to the dormitory where he launched Facebook, and remarked that meeting his wife, Priscilla, there was the best thing to happen to him at the university.

Before giving remarks, Mark Zuckerberg received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during Harvard’s 366th graduation ceremony.

On May 24, he did a Facebook Live broadcast from his old dorm room.

“This is literally where I sat,” Mark Zuckerberg says, pointing to a small wooden desk and chair inside Kirkland House, which is due to be renovated over the summer.

“I had my little laptop here. And this is where I programmed Facebook,” he tells the camera.

During his commencement address, Mark Zuckerberg told students: “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.”

“When you don’t have the freedom to take your idea and turn it into a historic enterprise we all lose,” he continued.

Mark Zuckerberg told stories of meeting “children in juvenile detention and opioid addicts, who told me their lives could have turned out differently if they just had something to do”.

He appeared to get choked up at one point during a story about an high school student who feared he would not be able to enroll in university because he was an undocumented immigrant.

More than 1.9 billion people log onto Facebook every day.

Since its launch in 2004, Facebook has inspired many other social media competitors, including Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.

In 2007, another Harvard drop-out, Bill Gates, returned for an honorary degree.

Bill Gates addressed students shortly after stepping down from the world’s largest software company, Microsoft, to launch to focus on his charity.


Michelle Obama debuted her new longer hairdo on Friday during her commencement address at Bowie State University.

The First Lady, who admitted last month that her bangs were “getting a little irritating”, seems to have finally had enough of her five-month old haircut.

Her bangs, which she cut for her 49th birthday in January because of a “midlife crisis”, were grown out and parted to the side with her wavy hair slightly longer, touching her shoulders.

This is my midlife crisis, the bangs. I couldn’t get a sports car,” Michelle Obama told talk show host Rachael Ray at the time.

“They won’t let me bungee jump. So instead, I cut my bangs.”

Michelle Obama debuted her new longer hairdo on Friday during her commencement address at Bowie State University

Michelle Obama debuted her new longer hairdo on Friday during her commencement address at Bowie State University

She recently admitted that she was already tired of the bangs, which she cut just in time for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The First Lady said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight last month: “Bangs are a day-by-day proposition. They’re starting to grow out, get a little irritating.”

The first indication that her hairstyle was becoming a burden came in April, when Malia, 14, was spotted adjusting her mother’s hair during the White House Easter Egg Roll.

The high school freshman gently smoothed her mother’s hair for the cameras, then leaned in to kiss her on the cheek.

Michelle Obama’s blunt chop made headlines when it was first debuted in January, even managing to overshadow the President’s inauguration weekend.

Barack Obama jokingly announced at the start of the festivities: “To address the most significant event of the weekend, I love her bangs.”

“The bangs are fun but you know, I’m like a girl, what’s next?”

The hairstyle became such a talking point that one fan even created a Twitter account called MichellesBangs.

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