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This year’s commencement speech

The advice I wish I heard at the graduation I never had

By Bill Gates | May 15, 2023

Read the whole speech here.

Read this with your class and do a think-pair-share. First with the five sentences below and then look at the discussion topics in class.

This is the advice I shared:

  1. Your life isn’t a one-act play.
  2. You’re never too smart to be confused.
  3. Gravitate toward work that solves an important problem.
  4. Don’t underestimate the power of friendship.
  5. You’re not a slacker if you cut yourself some slack.

You can read more about the life experiences that led me to this advice—and my speech in full—on my blog.

Discussion topics in class

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