Analyze Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement Speech Transcription
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Commencement Speech Transcription
“I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in
the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a
college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal.
Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for
another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student,
and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by
college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his
wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl.
So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have
an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later
found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never
graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a
few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
|Academic Level||High school|
|Number of Pages||4 Page(s)/1100 words|