Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that he will be Gallaudet University’s 2022 commencement lecturer.
Gallaudet and Apple already had a close relationship, with each incoming student being equipped with a MacBook Pro or iPad Pro upon arrival. The company also organizes hiring and recruiting events for graduates. The bond with the institution has only grown stronger in light of Apple’s promotional campaign and the Oscar for the original CODA film.
As a school for the deaf, the University has hailed CODA as one of the most authentic portrayals of deaf people and their families in film history, and helping to put the deaf community and culture on the World Scene.
In the lead up to the Oscar win, Apple hosted several CODA screenings at Gallaudet. The main cast also visited in person in March.
“I am beyond proud and honored to share that Tim Cook will be our 2022 commencement speaker,” said Roberta J. Cordano, President of Gallaudet University. “Tim is a remarkable visionary, truly one of the great CEOs of our time who will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark for generations to come. As the leader of one of the world’s most admired brands, Tim has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, representation and accessibility – values that matter deeply to our Gallaudet community and so many other underrepresented groups.
The start of the 152nd Gallaudet will take place on May 13, starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT. This is the first in-person start address in two years, due to COVID-related disruptions.
Cook has led debuts at several schools in recent years, including Ohio, Duke, Tulane, Stanford (pictured above), MIT and George Washington University.