Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posts video of Harvard acceptance in 2002

Posted May 21, 2017

He would eventually end up dropping out of Harvard to work on Facebook, a decision that ended up working out quite well for the young entrepreneur.

Mark Zuckerberg shared a throwback video of himself getting accepted into Harvard University in advance of his upcoming commencement speech at the college. The joyous moment was captured by his father Edward Zuckerberg, who couldn't have been any more proud. Almost 15 years after that, he will get his honorary degree at commencement next Thursday.

In the video, Zuckerberg's father rolls the camera while he casually opens his email.

"There is an email from Harvard, is that correct?" the elder Zuckerberg asks.

"Very roundabout way to avoid Harvard's core curriculum requirements", one person joked, referencing Zuckerberg's ability to leave the school but then come back and get a free degree.

Eventually the pyjama-wearing teen is able to find the words and declares somewhat lacklusterly: "Yay, I got accepted". But that changes next week when he is scheduled to speak at Harvard's commencement and where he said he will receive his degree. I got accepted." The reaction from his dad was much more appropriate, "Are you serious!?

In a comment, Zuckerberg added, "Before I went to college, my mom bet me I'd drop out and my younger sister bet me she'd finish college before me".