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14 May 2023

University of Minnesota Commencement Remarks to the Class of 2023

Stéphane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer
M.Sc. 1995
Stéphane Bancel giving remarks to the Class of 2023 at the University of Minnesota Commencement

This past weekend, I was honored to deliver a commencement speech to the graduating Class of 2023 at the University of Minnesota. In the speech, I shared my experience on three topics: Making the world a better place, obsessing about learning and people. 

I believe these are the key ingredients that led a kid from Marseille, France, who sat in the 1995 University of Minnesota graduating class, to have the opportunity to build a company like Moderna. 

As I shared with the graduates, I care deeply about making the world a better place. About helping people and their loved ones to prevent diseases, to diagnose diseases and to treat diseases. 

To accomplish such an impact, it requires a village, but more importantly, it requires people who are Mission driven. People who care. People who can collaborate because it is NOT about them, but it is about the Mission. And it requires that all of us keep learning so we can do it better each day, because each day matters.  

Congratulations to all the 2023 graduates. You have a unique opportunity to make the world a better place. How you will decide to do it, is up to you.