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Apr 12, 2001

Duke University today announced that Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the 2018 commencement address on May 13 in Wallace Wade Stadium on the university's campus in Durham, North Carolina. Cook earned an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1988 and has served on the university's Board of Trustees since 2015.
"I am absolutely delighted that Tim Cook will be returning to campus as this spring's commencement speaker," said [Duke President Vincent E.] Price. "Throughout his career, Tim has embodied Duke's values of innovation and service to society, whether through his contributions to Apple's groundbreaking technology or his advocacy for social justice. I can imagine no better person, and no bigger Duke fan, to inspire the Class of 2018."
As part of today's announcement, Duke included a brief video revealing its commencement speaker selection using Animoji, with Cook making an appearance as the fox.

"From the first day I walked onto campus more than 30 years ago, Duke has been a source of inspiration and pride for me -- both professionally and through the deep personal friendships that have endured to this day," said Cook. "It's my honor to be returning to salute the class of 2018 as they begin the next chapter of their lives as Duke graduates."
In addition to this year's upcoming appearance at Duke, Cook has delivered a number of other commencement addresses in recent years, including at his undergraduate alma mater Auburn University in 2010, at George Washington University in 2015, and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology last year.

Article Link: Tim Cook to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address at Duke University on May 13


macrumors 68020
Feb 27, 2006


macrumors member
Jan 9, 2017
These things are always a drag to sit through. Tim Cook isn't worse than the majority of anodyne commencement speakers. He's just the same, which is bad.
I will have to disagree. My commencement speaker slammed the school chancellor and the department he was in before striking it rich. It was very entertaining.
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macrumors 65816
Jun 15, 2013
Has anyone noticed Tim has the habit all the time, again and again starting a sentence with:

"I couldn't be more"

I couldn't be more excitied
I couldn't be more happier

etc etc.....

A euphemism for “for this event, my emotions cap at a 3”?
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 12, 2009
This where Tim will reveal that, for the past four years, the university has been silently transferring all of the graduates credits into other non-major programs. They felt it made sense to help them diversify. So, unfortunately, no one has enough to actually graduate with their chosen degree. However, for the low, low price of $29,000, they will replace that degree with a brand new one.


macrumors 68000
Nov 23, 2014
Has anyone noticed Tim has the habit all the time, again and again starting a sentence with:

"I couldn't be more"

I couldn't be more excitied
I couldn't be more happier

etc etc.....
He needs to just say: "I couldn't even!"
OK I don’t mind Animoji but man this was cringeworthy.
The animosity seemed like they were missing and misreading facial movements... or maybe they were working as expected. Dunno, but they didn't look as polished as the commercials.
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macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
Having been thought a few graduations I can't remember the words of one single commencement speaker -- and some were big gets for the time. No one remembers these things. Speakers are a status symbol for school and speaker, and once it's it the can it's on to the next. Heck, I remember concerts better. Funny how people get so emotional about what is the equivalent to the clock striking 12pm. I mean, yes, high profile people typically give commencement speeches. They give speeches year round.
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macrumors 68020
Sep 21, 2009
I’ve never encountered anyone who said a commencement speech inspired them. None can even remember who gave the address. Steve Jobs’ famous one is probably the only memorable one I’ve heard of.
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