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News Bill Gates finally gets college degree

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 26 Mar 2007.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S OG

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  2. orb

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    Now he can finally get on that career to earn some money!
     
  3. Fod

    Fod what is the cheesecake?

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    good to see him finally making something of himself.
     
  4. samkiller42

    samkiller42 For i AM Cheesecake!!

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    Congrats billy

    This is one of those nice "and they all lived happily ever after" stories.

    Sam
     
  5. Vaz

    Vaz New Member

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    I'm really not in favour of 'honourary degrees'. It's so unfair. So what if they make it to the top, a degree in any subject should be earnt through paying you're student fee's, working late night, being tested thouroughly on the subject.

    People who spend 3-6 years in uni make getting that degree one of the most important goals in life. These other lot make it big by chance and then end up with a degree from every university they go to gie lectures to. I mean.. come on..

    not fair :(
     
  6. M_D_K

    M_D_K Active Member

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    That is true, and why does Mr Gates need one anyway so he can leave MS and go flip burgers with 5 stars :) lol.

    Something to put on his wall or maybe he's getting picked on in the office for not having a proper education lol.
     
  7. Havok154

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    The only reason they give them out is to say that (insert celebrity) graduated from their school, and you should pay them insane amounts of money to do the same.
     
  8. bilbothebaggins

    bilbothebaggins New Member

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    Yeah but it's a honorary degree alright. So everyone knows he didn't do it regularly. (As if anyone would care with Mr. Gates.)
     
  9. sinizterguy

    sinizterguy Dark & Sinizter

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    Why not ... He deserves that honorary degree.
     
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    So now hes got 2 :D

    He deserves it, sure you could argue you should have to study hard to earn it, but at the end of the day its knowledge thats key, not just revising the answers to pass exams - hes done better than anyone else in his class, surely hes got a better computing knowledge than most of his computing degree fellows
     
  12. pjotero

    pjotero belgian

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    can you actually do anything with an honorary degree?
     
  13. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    No, you can't actually do anything with an honorary degree. Some people are starting to take this a little out of proportion. The people who toil away at Harvard for 5 years earning their degrees will still have a proper diploma. Bill Gates hasn't gained any actual college degree, just an honorary title.

    It's very common for universities to hand out honorary degrees to commencement speakers.

    -monkey
     
  14. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    Honorary degrees are just silly. Those who get them have earned enough prestige in their field that the degree is unneeded. Those people have usually also rejected the traditional way of earning that degree (and thus rejected the school system involved). The only thing I can see them being is an attention getter for the school. They are in effect nothing but a publicity stunt.
     
  15. supermonkey

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    It's just part of the university tradition. Instead of giving a certificate or a plaque, the university bestows an "honorary degree." Typically is it a degree in "Letters" or some other vague title. It's not meant to be anything other than a certificate of thanks for giving the commencement, but calling it a "degree" gives it that academic feel associated with a place of higher learning. The only reason this is getting any press is because of the coincidence that Bill Gates just happened to have dropped out of Harvard before founding Microsoft.

    If Bill has ever given any other commencement addresses, then I can almost guarantee that he has a bunch of these degrees sitting in his closet.

    -monkey
     
  16. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    Why not just give him a certificate of thanks then? I think degrees should be reserved for people who actually graduated from the school (and thus are a "product" of that school).
    I laughed with those two.
     
  17. Javerh

    Javerh Topiary Golem

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    Perhaps Billy-boy will put his degree to good use and make Windows all the better and eventually save the world from the tyranny of Linuxintosh.
     
  18. Cptn-Inafinus

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    Excuse my use of overused internet acronyms but:

    OMGIODZ BILL GATEZ IS NOW A HACCORZ! FO REALS!

    Sorry but this is just silly. Its just too make people laugh. It will be the happy story on the news after all the sad ones.
     
  19. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    I wonder what perchentage of self-made multi-millionaires did so without a degree. I think it's most of them. A degree may earn you more money on average, but it seems to be an impediment to getting to the top.
     
  20. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    Interesting point Cthippo. Perhaps skipping the degree gives them an earlier start but I suspect most of those people who "make it" without a degree are mavericks, they like to take chances, are impatient to get going, and dislike following others. Traditional schools aren't really geared to deal with their personalities.
     
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