Along with his work running the world’s top tech company, Tim Cook is carving out quite the niche for himself as an in-demand commencement speaker.
Having previously given commencement addresses at George Washington, MIT, and former alma mater Duke University, Cook will next deliver a keynote speech to graduating students at Tulane University in New Orleans.
The address will take place on May 18 in the 74,295 person capacity Mercedes-Benz Superdome (although don’t expect it to hold that many people on the day).
“Tim Cook represents the kind of success we hope all of our graduates can attain — not only because he is the CEO of the most innovative company in the world, but because he leads with dignity and uses his role to make a positive difference in the world,” said Tulane President Mike Fitts in a statement. “At Tulane, we are committed to addressing global challenges, giving back to our community and always acting with integrity and wisdom. Tim shows us how we can incorporate these values into life beyond graduation, and we are thrilled to have him as part of our commencement celebration.”
In his own comment, Cook noted that: “Tulane’s dedication to its students and the diverse community around them is an awesome example of the lessons we all learn when we come together, recognize our responsibilities to each other and give back. At Apple we believe that education is a powerful equalizing force, and I can’t wait to celebrate alongside this year’s students who have worked hard, followed their passions and who stand ready to change the world.”
Tim Cook isn’t the only graduation day attraction. According to the university, Tulane’s Commencement 2019 will live jazz by Dr. Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Mardi Gras beads, confetti cannons, and more.
Apple CEOs have good reputations when it comes to delivering compelling keynotes. Although Cook has now far outnumbered his predecessor on speeches, Steve Jobs’ legendary Stanford commencement address of 2005 is one of the greatest examples of the form in history — and one of the most compelling speeches of Jobs’ career.