Apple CEO Tim Cook gave his graduating speech at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, today. Gallaudet University is deaf and hard of hearing university that collaborates with Apple to develop inclusive goods.
Cook’s remarks follow the Oscar win in March for the Apple TV+ film CODA, about a toddler raised by deaf folks. Tim Cook, who was introduced by CODA star Marlee Matlin, spoke about Apple’s ongoing commitment to accessibility.
The CEO then went on to question the grads on what it takes to live a meaningful and satisfying life. “No one, even myself, can answer that question for you.” There isn’t a single iPhone feature that can help. AI is useful, but not exceptional.
Cook also gave life and professional advice to the graduating class of 2022 during his commencement speech.
He notably emphasized how Apple’s collaboration with Gallaudet University helped build a guide in Apple Maps to assist users identify deaf-owned companies. Apple’s strong commitment to combating climate change and increasing consumer privacy is also discussed by Cook.
“Lead with your ideals in whatever you do,” he advises the class of 2022.
Tim Cook’s full commencement address at Gallaudet University is available on YouTube.