WIth Apple CEO Tim Cook on board, MIT pulls off first 2017 commencement speaker coup

Apple's Cook follows long line of tech leaders to deliver MIT commencement address

WIth Apple CEO Tim Cook on board, MIT pulls off first 2017 commencement speaker coup
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MIT, which not surprisingly has a good track record of securing techie leaders for its commencement speakers, has signed on Apple CEO Tim Cook to do the honors on June 9, 2017.

It will mark the first time one of Apple's leaders delivers a commencement address at MIT. Past MIT speakers from the technology field have included United States CTO Megan Smith (2015), Dropbosx CEO Drew Houston (2013) and Digital Equipment Corp. Founder Ken Olsen (1987).

Cook in 2015, as George Washington University's commencement speaker, told grads to ignore the cynics and change the world like Steve Jobs did (see Cook's GW commencement speech transcript).

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Cook joined Apple in 1998 and became CEO in 2011, and has overseen Apple's introduction of numerous Mac and iOS-based products, such as iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. He earned degrees from Auburn University and Duke University.

“Tim Cook is a trailblazer and an inspiration to innovators worldwide,” Liana Ilutzi, president of MIT’s Class of 2017, said in a statement posted by MIT. “He represents the best of the entrepreneurial and fearless spirit of the MIT community. While faithfully maintaining his integrity and humility, Tim runs one of the most influential companies on the planet. We are beyond excited to have him with us for Commencement!”

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