Bill Gates to Receive Honorary Harvard Degree in June

Deciding that becoming the world's richest man in the world was more important than graduating in 1977, Microsoft Corporation chairman Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard College (the wealthiest school in the U.S.) in 1975. In a sense he will finish what he started when he receives an honorary degree after delivering the school's main commencement speech on June 7. The details of the honorary degree won't be disclosed until the morning before commencement, the school said in a statement. "His contributions to the world of business and technology, and the great example he has set through his far-reaching philanthropy, will rightfully put him center stage in Harvard Yard,'' said Paul Finnegan, president of the Harvard Alumni Association.

In 2000, Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, set up the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which makes grants of about $1.5 billion a year to organizations around the world. Gates, through the foundation and as an individual, has donated undisclosed amounts to Harvard's medical school, school of public health and faculty of arts and sciences, among others.

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- He never contributed anything, Steve Jobs did.
- Hardvard *cough* marketing *cough*.
- No doubt he didn't graduate. He just needed to steal it and be smart on that play.

It was probably more like this:

Bill: "Hey Harvard, there's this thing that has been bugging me for some time... couldn't you simply give me a degree?"
Harvard: "Yeah right... we not handing out degrees just like that. You can come here and work for your degree, just like everyone else."
Bill: "How about you simply give it to me, and in exchange I'll brib- err, 'donate' a generous sum?"
Harvard: "Of course, any brib- err, 'donation' would be greatly appreciated. Here you go with your degree!"

Aero Ultimate said,
It was probably more like this:

Bill: "Hey Harvard, there's this thing that has been bugging me for some time... couldn't you simply give me a degree?"

Do you honestly believe that Bill actually was the one initiating contact to get this underway?

Get back to Slashdot.

Really, I think Microsoft mirrors Bill's generosity in some ways. I've attended plenty of MSDN and other Microsoft Events for free in NYC and received all kinds of free software, shirts, free lunches (served to literally hundreds of people). Plus, a friend of mine recieved 3 complimentary MSDN Team Suite subscriptions to give to others (each worth about $10,000 a pop) and he gave one to me! A company that gives out that kind of stuff can't be too bad, right?

hardgiant said,
Just imagine how far he would have gone if he had gotten a college degree. :P

That would be ****ing scary.

hardgiant said,
Just imagine how far he would have gone if he had gotten a college degree. :P

He may never have gone as far as he did. Gates dropped out at the perfect time and if he hadn't of, he may never have struck it as rich as he did.

So don't make mindless posts.

Primetime2006 said,

He may never have gone as far as he did. Gates dropped out at the perfect time and if he hadn't of, he may never have struck it as rich as he did.

So don't make mindless posts.

Are you Bill Gate's son or something like that? 'Cause you defend him a little bit too much.

~*What U Know About That~* said,
Then why'd you post? lol. :P Not bad for a college dropout don't you think? I wonder if history will see a repeat of someone like Bill Gates in another field.

Actually, this has happened several times in history. Albeit, not as successful, but still.


and in a way he is motivating other like minded people to see the light even though leaving uni/college halfway thru means u get your idea/business sold :)... i do admire him...

Honorary[b] degrees are handed out a lot... Billy Connolly even has one! Few people are more deserving than Bill, so stop hating!

Good for him

To quote what someone else said some time here. the world couldnt ask for a better richest man. It's really good to see that he just doesnt sit on his money and puts it towards worthy causes.

The Department of Redundancy Department does not approve of the statement: "Deciding that becoming the world’s richest man in the world was more important than graduating in 1977"


:ponder:

so Is being the worlds richest man for a decade what it takes nowadays to get an honourary degree from a school you actually atteneded??

being the worlds richest man has nothing to do with it, its what his done for business and technology aswell as the contributions his made to charity's and organisations. get off ya gates bashing high horse.

nismohasan said,
being the worlds richest man has nothing to do with it, its what his done for business and technology aswell as the contributions his made to charity's and organisations. get off ya gates bashing high horse.

Im not bashing gates Im bashing harvard

MS is not quite a Monopoly. It does engage in some monopolistic tactics, and that is a major source of funding for Gates' generosity. So in actuality, these donations come from the pocketbooks of average consumers like you and me. Pat yourself on the back :).