The year I arrived at Stanford was the same year the browser Mosaic was released, which would popularize the world wide web and the internet.
The summer I left was the same summer that a graduate student named Sergey Brin met a prospective engineering student named Larry Page.
These two moments would profoundly shape the rest of my life.
But at the time, I didn’t know it.
It took me a while to realize that the internet would be the single best way to make technology accessible to more people.
As soon as I did, I changed course and decided to pursue my dreams at Google.
Inspired by the wonder that first browser created in me, I led the effort to launch one -- called Chrome -- in 2009, and drove the effort to help Google develop affordable laptops and phones so that a student growing up, in any neighborhood or village, in any part of the world, could have the same access to information as all of you.
Had I stayed the course in graduate school, I'd probably have a Ph.D. today -- which would have made my parents really proud.
But I might have missed the opportunity to bring the benefits of technology to so many others.
And I certainly wouldn't be standing here speaking to you as Google's CEO.
Believe me when I say I saw none of this coming when I first touched down in the state of California 27 years ago.
The only thing that got me from here to there -- other than luck -- was a deep passion for technology, and an open mind.
So take the time to find the thing that excites you more than anything else in the world.
Not the thing your parents want you to do or the thing that all your friends are doing or that society expects of you.
I know you’re getting a lot of advice today.
So let me leave you with mine: Be open … be impatient … be hopeful.
If you can do that, history will remember the Class of 2020 not for what you lost, but for what you changed.
You have the chance to change everything.
I am optimistic you will.