Gallaudet University announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook would deliver the university’s commencement address on Friday, May 13, 2022, at the school’s Washington, D.C. campus.
“I am beyond proud and honored to share that Tim Cook will be our 2022 commencement speaker. Tim is a remarkable visionary, truly one of the great CEOs of our time who, without question, will leave a lasting imprint for generations to come “, ” said Roberta J Cordano, president of Gallaudet University.
According to sources, Gallaudet University and Apple have had a multifaceted partnership advancing the value of signed languages and greater equity and inclusion for the Deaf community. In 2020, the two organizations announced Connected Gallaudet, a unique collaboration for greater accessibility and inclusion in education. The Connected initiative provided all Gallaudet students and faculty with MacBook Pro M1 notebook computers or iPad Pro tablets to support their learning and teaching and enhance the university’s unique bilingual mission of delivering education in both American Sign Language and English. In 2021, an all-Deaf team of content curators and researchers at Gallaudet University worked with Apple to create several Apple Maps Guides, helping connect users to businesses and organizations that value, embrace and prioritize the Deaf community and signed languages. Apple Stores both in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States employ many Gallaudet University students and alumni.
Cook will be the presenter at Gallaudet’s 152nd Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony which will take place on Gallaudet’s campus on Friday, May 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. This year’s undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be the first in-person commencement since 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.