Tim Cook Will Give 2015 Commencement Address at George Washington University

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple CEO Tim Cook will give the keynote address to graduates at George Washington University this May, the university announced today. Cook will speak on May 17 on the National Mall and was nominated for the honor by students earlier this year. The university also plans to give Cook an honorary doctorate of public service.

    Cook's last commencement speech took place in 2010, at his alma mater Auburn University. At the time, Cook was Apple's Chief Operating Officer, and he took the opportunity to call working at Apple "the best decision I ever made." He gave a moving speech that emphasized the importance of intuition and how it led him to Apple.

    Previous commencement speakers at George Washington University have included actress Kerry Washington, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, and Hillary Clinton.

    It is not clear if a live stream of Cook's commencement address will be available, but George Washington University does typically share videos of its commencement events on Vimeo shortly after they take place.

    Article Link: Tim Cook Will Give 2015 Commencement Address at George Washington University
  2. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    How do colleges/students bring in big name speakers like this?

    Cook will have a hard time outdoing Job's Stanford speech.
  3. tbluhp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2006
  4. brinary001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2012
    Midwest, USA
    :eek: Wow what a lucky graduating class! Like how the 2005 graduating class at Stanford was lucky for having Steve Jobs speak. Can't wait to hear it.
  5. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    The real presentation starts when Craig get up there.
  6. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Jobs speech was fantastic and pretty much devoid of politics. I have a feeling Cook's won't be.
  7. 2bikes macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
  8. greg55 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2014
    It's on the National Mall so yes it will be accessible to the public. You won't be allowed in the space GW will have reserved for the ceremony but they have large TVs on the Mall.

  9. CFreymarc Suspended

    Sep 4, 2009
    I was about to say that. GW graduation is one of the better commencements in the country. If Tim knows anything good, he'll give the kids a bright outlook of the future devoid of any politics sans free speech issues.
  10. Trik macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2011
    Washington, DC
    I live in DC, let's get this over to reddit so we can organize something for the Apple fans who spent all their money on computers and had nothing left to pay for GWs tuition.
  11. iPadCary macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2012
    Bah! College is for chumps.
    Take that six-figure lump sum, or, more likely, lump debt,
    and go out and get your start in the world.

    I bet in most cases, people who do that will be far better off
    four or five years down the road than their school-going brethren will be.
  12. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    I hope you're right. Then it will be even better than Jobs' speech.
  13. DavidTheExpert macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2012
    "I know our graduating students will be inspired and enlightened by his reflections on the lessons he has garnered from his distinguished career as a highly effective leader at the forefront of technological innovation."

    What a bunch of pedantic bullcrap. Apparently nobody taught this guy about run-on sentences.
  14. Donoban macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2013
    College/uni broadens your perspective on the world. You can have your opinion but that's all it is.
  15. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm sure Tim Cook will deliver an inspiring Commencement address, but awarding him an honorary doctorate in public service? Apple is a for profit company and there's nothing wrong with that -- but I fail to see the public service aspect.
  16. applesoundgear macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Hell yes. Never been so happy to be the GWU class of 2015.
  17. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    That isn't a run on sentence...
  18. chromite macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2013
    Grammar Nazis: http://youtu.be/N4vf8N6GpdM
  19. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    My sister lives in DC. I may make the trip down there. Plus the Yankees are playing the Nationals that weekend.
  20. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Not an expert on grammar apparently.
  21. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I think I will be in DC at that time, so I will plan to attend. Since it is on the national mall, it will likely be easy to see even if it is technically not a public affair.

    Should be interesting.
  22. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    Statistics say that every year of college increases income. Yes, even for liberal arts degrees.

    Of course there are entrepreneurs who "make it" on their own and that's great, but it's not the average. And anyway, there are other reasons to go to college besides making money or landing a job. It used to be about expanding your mind learning about the world, and it has always had a social aspect as well.
  23. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    We all know Tim is good as what does, but a "public service"... seriously ?? Apple is good as what they do, but i would hardly call Tim an icon..... Steve job's was an icon, as he made it all happen.

    Tim is just taking over... Still, if you wanna praise someone, praise jobs. he deserves it more.
  24. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Obviously if site was smart they would have made this thread "political'. Have fun kids.
  25. The Barron macrumors 6502

    Mar 5, 2009
    No way

    This company is now run by Cook & he doesn't need Jobs anymore to compare. Fact is, Cook has grown Apple more & faster than Jobs ever did.

    Plus, from everything I've ever read, heard & seen, Jobs was a tough SOB to work for. He loved to put people down & make them feel like s***. Tim Cook does't need to do that.

    Cook is a great choice for this honor.

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