Sundar Pichai Speech: You Will Prevail

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Sundar Pichai Speech: You Will Prevail

Learn English with Sundar Pichai. CEO of Google and Alphabet, Sundar delivers a message of hope to graduates in the Class of 2020. It first appeared in Dear Class of 2020, a virtual commencement celebration bringing together inspirational leaders and artists to celebrate graduates, their families, and their communities. He is an Indian-American business executive. The chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google LLC. Born in Madurai, India, Pichai earned his degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in metallurgical engineering. Enjoy our Speeches with subtitles, and keep your English learning journey.


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Sundar Pichai – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“Hello, everyone. And congratulations to the Class of 2020, as well as your parents, your teachers, and everyone who helped you get to this day.

I never imagined I’d be giving a commencement speech with no live audience … from my backyard. But it’s giving me a much deeper understanding for what our YouTube Creators go through! And I certainly never thought I’d be sharing a virtual stage with a former President … a First Lady, a Lady Gaga, and a Queen Bey … not to mention BTS.

I don’t think this is the graduation ceremony any of you imagined. At a time when you should be celebrating all the knowledge you’ve gained, you may be grieving what you’ve lost: the moves you planned, the jobs you earned, and the experiences you were looking forward to. In bleak moments like these, it can be difficult to find hope.

So let me skip right to the end and tell you what happens: you will prevail.

That’s not really the end of the speech, so don’t get too excited.

The reason I know you’ll prevail is because so many others have done it before you. One hundred years ago, the class of 1920 graduated into the end of a deadly pandemic. Fifty years ago, the class of 1970 graduated in the midst of the Vietnam War. And nearly 20 years ago, the class of 2001 graduated just months before 9/11.

There are notable examples like this. They had to overcome new challenges, and in all cases they prevailed. The long arc of history tells us we have every reason to be hopeful.

So, be hopeful.

There’s an interesting trend I’ve noticed: It’s very conventional for every generation to underestimate the potential of the following one.

It’s because they don’t realize that the progress of one generation becomes the foundational premise for the next. And it takes a new set of people to come along and realize all the possibilities.

I grew up without much access to technology. We didn’t get our first telephone til I was 10. I didn’t have regular access to a computer until I came to America for graduate school. And our television, when we finally got one, only had one channel.

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