Harvard is the nation’s oldest university and is known the world over for its reputation for a high standard of education. It has seen a multitude of students pass through its hallowed halls over the years. As well as the various political behemoths, there have been a lot of rock stars, movie stars and other famous people who have a Harvard Degree to their name. There are also some, who have been less successful. Here, DotCom Magazine present to you our top 5 picks of the most famous Harvard graduates and dropouts.
Tommy Lee Jones
Best known for playing the dour and hard-as-nails characters in No Country for Old Men and Men in Black among many others, Tommy Lee Jones graduated cum laude in 1969 with an English degree. While he was studying at Harvard, he was a roommate with Al Gore and he was on the varsity football team for Crimson, during their undefeated season of 1968.
The current point and shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks and formerly of New York nicks, Jeremy Lin studied and earned a degree in Economics of all subjects. That was back in 2010, just before his pro basketball career took off and he ended up in the big leagues of the NBA. This just goes to show that not all so-called jocks are really dumb or even really jocks, after all.
Conan O’Brien is probably best known for his late-night talk show. But before he broke into television he went to Harvard and in 1985 he studied and graduated magna cum laude. He also, interestingly was one of the writers for the Harvard Lampoon. It may be unsurprising though, when you consider some of the other great comedians, comedy writers and just writers in general that attended and graduated from Harvard.
Although attending Harvard has definitely served many of those who graduated well, it doesn’t always mean that you have to have been there and graduated to have success. Take Bill Gates for example. Arguably one of the most, if not the wealthiest men in the world actually attended Harvard. However, he dropped out before he could graduate in 1975. Can you guess why he dropped out? That’s right, to pursue the setting up of his new company, a little-known Microsoft. And we know what happened next.
While it’s fair to say that he is probably not as wealthy as Bill Gates, Matt Damon is probably not short of a buck or two. He was actually studying at Harvard and had just one more semester to complete and he could have graduated, but he dropped out. Can you guess why? That’s right, again, to pursue his career in the world of acting. It didn’t do him any harm, as he and Ben Affleck won the Oscar for Best Screenplay Adaption for Good Will Hunting and he has gone from strength to strength to become one of Hollywood’s greatest actors.