Gallaudet University is announced That Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver the university’s inaugural address next month. Based in Washington, DC, Gallaudet says it is the only university in the world where deaf and hard of hearing students live and learn bilingually in American Sign Language and English.
Cook will speak with Gallaudet University student Molly Feeney, who will be the opening speaker for the graduation.
Gallaudet University President Roberta J. “I am proud and honored to announce that Tim Cook will be our 2022 opening speaker,” Cordano said. “Tim is a remarkable visionary, truly one of the great CEOs of our time who will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on generations to come. As the leader of one of the world’s most acclaimed brands, Tim has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion. , representation and access, values that are so important to our Gallaudet community and many other underrepresented groups.”
The announcement comes after the Apple TV+ movie “CODA” won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film revolves around a young woman named Ruby, who is the only hearing member of a deaf family. Using sign language, Ruby acts as an interpreter for her parents while working for her family’s fishing boat business. Cordano called the film “one of the most authentic depictions of deaf people and their families in the history of cinema”.
Gallaudet’s 152nd degree convocation ceremony will take place on Friday, May 13 from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Gallaudet campus.
Cook has given commencement speeches at various universities in the United States, including Stanford, Duke, Auburn, MIT, and others.