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News - June 15, 2011

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg speaks to Belle Haven School graduates

Families of approximately 75 eighth-graders graduating from the K-8 Belle Haven School in Menlo Park got a surprise June 8 when Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed up as the commencement speaker.

Mr. Zuckerberg told students that achieving their goals would not be easy but would take hard work — and that surrounding themselves with good friends would be important.

"It was very emotional," said a school staff member. "The kids were very surprised and excited he was there."

The celebrity visit had been a complete secret tightly held by Belle Haven Principal Maria Ibarra.

— Chris Kenrick

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