Tim Cook to give commencement address at George Washington University

Apple CEO to address students in the nation's capital this May

Students in the graduating class of 2015 from George Washington University will hear insights from Apple CEO Tim Cook during their commencement ceremony this May.

GW made the announcement Wednesday evening.

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In addition to giving a commencement speech in the nation’s capital on May 17, Cook will also receive an honorary degree in public service from the University.

Cook has had a busy year guiding Apple to record highs as a company – it is the largest publicly traded company in the world and in November was the first company to surpass a market valuation of $700 billion. He’s had a momentous year personally as well. In October, Cook wrote in Bloomberg BusinessWeek that he is gay.

Cook attended Auburn University for his bachelor in science degree and received an MBA from Duke University. He took over as CEO of Apple in 2011, succeeding Steve Jobs.

Cook will not be the only techie addressing graduates this year. One example: MIT announced in December that US CTO Megan Smith, who is an alum of the school, would address its graduates at a June 5 event.

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