Apple CEO Tim Cook to Deliver Commencement Speech to Tulane Graduates in May

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to deliver the keynote address to Tulane graduates at the university's 2019 commencement event, set to take place on May 18 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the university announced today.

Tulane University shared the news with students through a cute video that spelled out Cook's visit in emoji.

Tulane President Mike Fitts said that Cook represents the "kind of success" that the university hopes that all graduates can attain.
"At Tulane, we are committed to addressing global challenges, giving back to our community and always acting with integrity and wisdom. Tim shows us how we can incorporate these values into life beyond graduation, and we are thrilled to have him as part of our commencement celebration."
Cook said that he "can't wait" to celebrate alongside new Tulane graduates later this year.
"Tulane's dedication to its students and the diverse community around them is an awesome example of the lessons we all learn when we come together, recognize our responsibilities to each other and give back," said Cook. "At Apple we believe that education is a powerful equalizing force, and I can't wait to celebrate alongside this year's students who have worked hard, followed their passions and who stand ready to change the world."
Cook has given commencement addresses at multiple universities over the years, including his alma mater Auburn University, Duke University, George Washington University, and MIT.

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jmh600cbr

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To me the whole CEO politician thing doesn’t vibe. I liked it when CEO meant passionate decision maker. Sure, Steve did one commencement speech but that was at the end, after all his accomplishment. Tim hopped right into this cr*p and hasn’t slowed down.
 

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Typical. Very typical of tim. After all these apple related bugs and privacy crap, tim goes out to deliver commencement.
It seems you are not aware that Tim Cook is neither a software engineer, coder, or software manager. And, that giving a commencement speech in no way influences Apple dealing with software bug/privacy issues.

Also...you are probably not aware that CEOs of large tech companies routinely give commencement addresses at universities. You might want to research that a bit.
 

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To me the whole CEO politician thing doesn’t vibe. I liked it when CEO meant passionate decision maker. Sure, Steve did one commencement speech but that was at the end, after all his accomplishment. Tim hopped right into this cr*p and hasn’t slowed down.
I don’t see any politics here.
Many other figures do commencement speeches. Are all of them doing it for political reasons? This is not a White House speech.
 

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To me the whole CEO politician thing doesn’t vibe. I liked it when CEO meant passionate decision maker. Sure, Steve did one commencement speech but that was at the end, after all his accomplishment. Tim hopped right into this cr*p and hasn’t slowed down.
What are you talking about? Will Ferrell does commencement speeches. It's just about Universities trying to get a big name.
 

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To me the whole CEO politician thing doesn’t vibe. I liked it when CEO meant passionate decision maker. Sure, Steve did one commencement speech but that was at the end, after all his accomplishment. Tim hopped right into this cr*p and hasn’t slowed down.

If Tim wants to talk about politics he should resign as CEO otherwise is not credible.
Recently, because we live in a world full of hypocrisy, we have a lot of CEOs talking about "rights". Unfortunately they never talk about "social rights" but they are always very generous talking about "civil rights". The reason is obvious and banal: social rights cost money, this is why Apple like, all other companies, is always in search of third world countries manpower. Instead, civil rights (and I have nothing against civil rights) cost nothing.
 

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I can see this thread being over to PRSI very soon. Shame we don't have popcorn to pop.

Good on Timbucktwo.
 

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Just a clever hint towards Apple’s car project being alive and being broader set than expected.

Or a playful one towards their recent response times?
 
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I hope his entire speech is delivered in emoji. But not digital ones, just Tim scrunching his face around for 30 minutes until it sort of... ends.

Yeah, that’s good scrimshaw.
You made me laugh out loud.

That being said, I would love to hear him speak to my class if I were graduating. He isn't the product visionary whose shoes he's had to fill, but he's had a lot of unique experiences that should make him a very interesting man to know...if he can expand a bit beyond his usual public talking points and let the graduates into his world a bit.
 

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If Tim wants to talk about politics he should resign as CEO otherwise is not credible.
Recently, because we live in a world full of hypocrisy, we have a lot of CEOs talking about "rights". Unfortunately they never talk about "social rights" but they are always very generous talking about "civil rights". The reason is obvious and banal: social rights cost money, this is why Apple like, all other companies, is always in search of third world countries manpower. Instead, civil rights (and I have nothing against civil rights) cost nothing.
This is pretty bang on. It always feels off cause you’re thinking - you’re a leader of a capitalist enterprise complicit in a system that furthers wealth inequality, exploits workforces in developing countries for wage rates that lack human dignity and we just know you’re going to stand up there and harp on about some educated, privileged, western view of the world being hash tag “better than you found it”.

Jeez.
 

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I don’t see any politics here.
Many other figures do commencement speeches. Are all of them doing it for political reasons? This is not a White House speech.
You don't see politics? Perhaps you haven't paid attention to too many graduation speeches.

You can be sure Cook's speech will be littered with typical NPC nonsense.
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This is pretty bang on. It always feels off cause you’re thinking - you’re a leader of a capitalist enterprise complicit in a system that furthers wealth inequality, exploits workforces in developing countries for wage rates that lack human dignity and we just know you’re going to stand up there and harp on about some educated, privileged, western view of the world being hash tag “better than you found it”.

Jeez.
Thank God for wealth inequality.

I don't want to have the same assets and bank account at the guy panhandling or my neighbor.

I don't understand the obsession to just absolutely soak and envy those more fortunate.

It used to be people admired those who had more and wanted to know how they too could come to that position.

Now it's just---"they have more money than you and they do not deserve it! Get them! Pitchforks!"

Newsflash: Income inequality is normal and unescapable. If it weren't, we'd be living to the lowest common denominator.

Like the Soviet Union was. Unless you like that sort of thing.

PITCHFORKS!
 

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You don't see politics? Perhaps you haven't paid attention to too many graduation speeches.

You can be sure Cook's speech will be littered with typical NPC nonsense.
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Thank God for wealth inequality.

I don't want to have the same assets and bank account at the guy panhandling or my neighbor.

I don't understand the obsession to just absolutely soak and envy those more fortunate.

It used to be people admired those who had more and wanted to know how they too could come to that position.

Now it's just---"they have more money than you and they do not deserve it! Get them! Pitchforks!"

Newsflash: Income inequality is normal and unescapable. If it weren't, we'd be living to the lowest common denominator.

Like the Soviet Union was. Unless you like that sort of thing.

PITCHFORKS!
You’re way oversimplifying this. I agree wealth inequality is normal and inescapable - it’s the sheer limits to which it’s being stretched that begin to tear at the morality of a system within a civilisation.

We’re all guilty of this to a degree (ie walking past homeless people or whatever, life goes on). But to bring it back to Cook and his value espousing - in my mind (others will disagree) a hypocrisy starts to emerge when you have that much influence and power, and you stay complicit in the very system.

I’m not saying don’t make money - I’m saying Cook has his wires somewhat crossed.
 

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To me the whole CEO politician thing doesn’t vibe. I liked it when CEO meant passionate decision maker. Sure, Steve did one commencement speech but that was at the end, after all his accomplishment. Tim hopped right into this cr*p and hasn’t slowed down.
When did it mean that? The original Founding Fathers were incredibly rich land owners, barons, and company men. Also, if you think Steve Jobs wasn't political then I don't know what to tell you.
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I don’t see any politics here.
Many other figures do commencement speeches. Are all of them doing it for political reasons? This is not a White House speech.
Sadly, to a lot of people even GOING to college now makes you some kind of "elite" because you actually care about knowledge and a more fulfilling life. It's pathetic. When I was young, "Stay in School" was a HUGE thing, and now huge parts of the country attack young men and women for it.
 

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I’m not saying don’t make money - I’m saying Cook has his wires somewhat crossed.
Well, but how could he not. With his own views on life in general combined with the tricky role of keeping a company alive that’s half his baby/family, half inherited, and which almost died when some folks didn’t manage to keep it properly fed a few years ago.

Apple must not lose its value or it will be eaten by some competitor, so they need to at least play by their rules when it comes to reaching the needed numbers, staying ahead patent-wise to be able survive in upcoming technology wars and still try to keep us happy by actually fulfilling Google’s old motto or being even better than that.

Tricky part for him. I guess that was easier for Jobs as his “clever, creative and ahead” thing was enough back then, and now has turned into a need to be a humanitarian on one hand and successfully lead that company through brute business attacks from all sides. Not sure if that humanitarian image can actually work out in the end as “largest corporation” somehow seems to contradict this on an emotional level.

Selling the “just ruler” image in a democracy is plain hard. You could try the “humble servant” in addition to that, but it won’t work very well either if it’s about millions and billions of dollars. So you’re getting close to doing politics and will get judged for “having your own/hidden agenda” and basically only doing lobbying.

So back to being clever and be happy about it? At least that chinese work force might like you for that, more than we would want them to :)

Its hard to be everything to everyone and at the same time keep the family fed. At the moment it seems that all companies try to sell you that “useful and intelligent” image and at the same time excel at hiding the dirty parts from their buyers by employing some kind of plausible deniability approach.

That said, talking loud about all those perfect goals might trigger more disappointed in the end and make you more vunerable than just being a successful company. But that’s not enough, right?

Anyway, Tim’s problems should not hold back Craig from doing HIS job...
 
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He'll probably just ask them to buy more iPhone XR's so he can clear his inventory before boring them with platitudes and vacuous pontificating.

Steve Jobs upended industries and made an impact in the world. Tim Cook is a bland wall street CEO that likes to play twitter social justice warrior and made an impact on shareholder value. What "inspiring" thing would this man have to say? Steve Jobs, I would pay good money to hear him speak again :(
 

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It seems you are not aware that Tim Cook is neither a software engineer, coder, or software manager. And, that giving a commencement speech in no way influences Apple dealing with software bug/privacy issues.

Also...you are probably not aware that CEOs of large tech companies routinely give commencement addresses at universities. You might want to research that a bit.
It’s pretty obvious he isn’t a software or hardware engineer.
 
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