June 8, according tomedia reports, due to the impact of the new corona epidemic, schools across the United States this year’s graduation ceremony and related graduation speech live ceremony has been basically canceled. However, YouTube hosted a celebrity-studded online graduation ceremony, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai delivering a commencement speech and sharing his advice to the young people who are about to enter society.
In his speech, he said it took him a while to realize that the Internet would be the only best way to expose more people to technology. When he had this idea, he changed direction and decided to pursue his dream at Google. He also offers valuable advice to graduates: keep an open mind, be impatient, and hopeful.
Pichai’s speech, entitled “You Will Will Win”, lasted seven minutes and read the full text as follows:
Hello everyone! Congratulations to the 2020 graduates, to your parents, your teachers, and everyone who has helped you to this day.
I never thought I’d give a commencement speech without a live audience. But it gives me a deeper understanding of our YouTube creators! I never thought I’d share a virtual stage with a former president (Barack Obama), the first lady, Lady Gaga, Queen Bey and BTS.
I don’t think it’s a graduation ceremony any of you imagined. As you celebrate your knowledge, you may be grieving for what you have lost: the move you plan to move, the job offers you receive, and the experiences you expect. And at such a bleak time, it may be hard to find hope. So let me tell you directly what will happen: you will win!
It’s not the end of the speech, so don’t get too excited. I know the reason you’re going to win is because a lot of people have achieved that before you. One hundred years ago, the 1920 graduate graduate sat out just as the deadly outbreak was over. Fifty years ago, the Vietnam War was under way when the 1970 graduates graduated. Nearly 20 years ago, 2001 graduates graduated a few months before 9/11.
Examples like this are worth noting. They have to overcome new challenges, and in all cases they have won. The long history tells us that we have every reason to be hopeful.
I have noticed an interesting trend: each generation underestimates the potential of the next generation, which has been going on for many years. This is because they do not realize that the progress made by one generation is the basis for the next, and that it requires a new group of people to realize all the possibilities.
I grew up without much access to technology. I didn’t have my first phone until I was 10 years old, and I didn’t have regular access to computers until I came to the U.S. for graduate school. And when we finally bought the TV, it had only one channel to watch. So imagine how awesome It is to speak to you today on a platform with millions of channels!
By contrast, you grew up with computers of all shapes and sizes. The ability to ask any questions to a computer anywhere is exactly what I’ve been doing for the last decade, but it’s not particularly surprising to you. It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t make me feel bad, it makes me hopeful!
There may be something technical that can make you feel depressed or even impatient. Don’t lose this impatience, it will help create the next technological revolution that will enable you to build things that our generation would never dream of.
You may be equally frustrated with the way our generation has responded to climate change or education. To maintain this impatience, it will create the progress that the world needs. You will make the world a better place in your own way, even if you don’t know exactly how to do it. It’s important to open up so you can find something you like.
For me, that’s technology. The more my family has access to technology, the better our lives will be. So when I graduated, I knew I wanted to do something to bring technology to as many people as possible. At the time, I thought I could do this by helping to build better semiconductors, what could be more exciting?
My father paid the equivalent of one year for a ticket to America so I could go to Stanford. This is my first flight. But when I finally landed in California, it wasn’t what I thought it would be. Life in the U.S. is so expensive that it costs $2 a minute to make a call to my home, and a backpack costs the equivalent of a month’s income for my father in India.
Although everyone is talking about california’s warm beaches, it’s too cold for me! Most of all, I miss my family, friends and my girlfriend (now my wife) in India.
For me, however, one of the highlights of this time has been the rapid growth of computing. This is the first time in my life that I can use my computer at any time, which surprised me. At that moment, the Internet was really built around me. The year I came to Stanford University, the year the browser Mosaic was released, it would spread the World Wide Web and the Internet.
The summer I left, a graduate student named Sergey Brin met a prospective engineering student named Larry Page. These two moments will profoundly shape the rest of my life. But at the time, I didn’t know that.
It took me a while to realize that the Internet would be the only best way to get more people to get technology. When I realized this, I changed my plans and decided to pursue my dream on Google.
Inspired by the wonders of the first browser, I led the launch of a browser called Chrome in 2009 and helped Google develop cheap laptops and mobile phones so that students growing up in any community or village in the world could have access to information like all of you.
If I continue dined in graduate school, I might get my Ph.D. today, which will make my parents very proud. But I may have missed the opportunity to bring the benefits of technology to more people.
Of course, I’m not standing here as Google’s CEO to talk to you. Believe me, when I first came to California 27 years ago, I didn’t foresee it. The only thing I get from here, apart from luck, is a deep passion for technology and an open mind.
So take a moment to find the most exciting thing in the world! It’s not what your parents want you to do, or what all your friends are doing, or what society expects of you.
I know you’re going to get a lot of advice today, so let me leave your advice to you to stay open-minded, impatient and hopeful.
If you can do this, history will remember the 2020 graduates, not because of what you have lost, but because of what you have changed. I have no doubt that you have the opportunity to change everything!