Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver Gallaudet's commencement address

Cook will speak to the school's graduating class in Washington, D.C. on Friday, May 13.

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Gallaudet President Roberta Cordano said:

"As the leader of one of the most admired brands in the world, Tim has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, representation and accessibility – values that matter deeply to our Gallaudet community and so many other underrepresented groups. Apple's investment in and support of the Oscar-winning film CODA – one the most authentic representations of deaf people and their families in the history of cinema -- is absolute testament to this, putting Deaf people and sign language on the global stage like never before."

Apple has partnered with Gallaudet University to create Connected Gallaudet, a collaboration for greater accessibility and inclusion in education. The Connected initiative provided all Gallaudet students and faculty with MacBook Pro M1 notebook computers or iPad Pro tablets. An all-Deaf team of researchers at Gallaudet worked with Apple to create several Apple Maps Guides, helping connect users to businesses and organizations that value, embrace and prioritize the Deaf community and signed languages.

Molly Feanny will be the undergraduate student speaker at the ceremony. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology and a minor in data science.

There is more information at Gallaudet's website.