Dr. Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, suffered from an incurable form of pancreatic cancer. When his doctors diagnosed him, they gave him 3-6 months to live. 

This is Professor Pausch’s inspirational speech to Carnegie Mellon’s Class of 2008 at the Commencement ceremony on May 18, 2008 — 9 months after his initial diagnoses.

Pausch was included in TIME Magazine’s 2008 list of the world’s 100 most influential people. His book, “The Last Lecture,” co-written by Jeff Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal and based on Pausch’s now-famous talk “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” is a New York Times #1 bestseller.

 

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