Stanford University announced today that Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, would be his debut speaker this year. Cook is invited to speak at Stanford's Commencement on Sunday, June 16, according to the university.
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In a press release announcing Cook's presidency, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne praised the Apple CEO's efforts to talk about the "challenges and responsibilities facing businesses and our society today" .
Meanwhile, Cook has stated that he is honored to have been invited by Stanford's students and professors to serve as a keynote speaker:
"It's an honor to have been invited by Stanford's students and faculty, and I look forward to deepening the remarkable relationship between Apple and Stanford over the years," Cook said.
"We share much more than geography. The passion, common interests and creativity of our institutions have helped revolutionize technology and reshape the world. I look forward to reaching graduates, as well as their families and friends, to celebrate the even more promising opportunities of the future. "
Stanford will not be the only university in which Cook will speak this spring. Tulane University announced earlier this month that Cook will make his presentation speech on May 18th. Last year, Cook delivered the opening speech at Duke University, his alma mater. During this speech, Cook encouraged graduates to show courage, went to immigration and echoed Steve Jobs.
Jobs himself delivered Stanford's 2005 speech, which has since been widely praised. Look at it in full below. Tim Cook will speak at the Stanford 128th Anniversary Ceremony on June 16th at Stanford Stadium.