Gebbia’s surprise gift to each student in the class of 2022 was 22 shares of Airbnb stock. From Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon, the stock price had increased by about $4 to $114. That made the value of Gebbia’s gift about $2,500 per student and more than $2.2 million total.
“I would like to give you a piece of my dream to help inspire yours,” Gebbia said at the Wednesday event. “It comes with a small request. When you have a doubt about yourself, your dreams or whether you’re capable of achieving them, tell yourself, ‘Yes, I can.’”