Donning full cap and gown, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was awarded an honorary doctorate on Thursday at Harvard University, nearly 12 years after dropping out to focus on building the world’s largest social media company full-time.
Zuckerberg would later switch into a blue suit and tie and give the commencement speech, joking “you’ve now accomplished something I never could!” to the crowd.
With his mom and dad in attendance, Zuckerberg received the degree along with nine other honorary members. “Mom, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree,” said a post from Zuckerberg on his personal Facebook page.
He was a Psychology and Computer Science major during his time at Harvard, but dropped out in November 2005. His wife Priscilla Chan graduated from the university in 2007.