Apple CEO Tim Cook to deliver Gallaudet University’s 152nd commencement address

Student Advocacy Speaker Molly Feanny Makes Official Twitter Announcement With Apple CEO

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gallaudet University announced today that the CEO of Apple Tim Cook will deliver the opening address of the university on Friday, May 13, 2022at school washington d.c. Campus. Gallaudet is the only university in the world where Deaf, Deafblind, and hard of hearing students live and learn bilingually in American Sign Language and English.

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Gallaudet University student Molly Feanny officially confirmed the news earlier today through a Twitter exchange with cook. Feanny, from North Vancouver, British ColumbiaCanada, will be the Undergraduate Student Lecturer in 2022 Gallaudet beginning, where she will earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and a minor in Data Science.

“I am beyond proud and honored to share this Tim Cook will be our launch speaker in 2022,” said Roberta J. Cordanopresident of Gallaudet University. “Tim is a remarkable visionary, truly one of the great CEOs of our time who will undoubtedly leave a lasting mark for generations to come. As the leader of one of the world’s most admired brands, 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 and support in the Oscar-winning film CODA – one of the most authentic portrayals of Deaf people and their families in cinematic history – is absolute proof of that, putting Deaf people and sign language on the world stage like never before,” Cordano continued. . ” During the last years, Gallaudet benefited from a collaborative partnership with Tim and Apple, a partnership firmly rooted in our shared commitment to creating a more inclusive world. We are thrilled to have Tim sharing his insights and insights with our graduates next month.”

Gallaudet University and Apple have entered into a multi-faceted partnership advancing the value of sign languages ​​and greater equity and inclusion for the deaf community. In 2020, the two organizations announced Connected Gallaudet, a unique collaboration for greater accessibility and inclusion in education. The Connected initiative has provided everyone Gallaudet students and faculty equipped with MacBook Pro M1 laptops or iPad Pro tablets to support their learning and teaching and reinforce the university’s unique bilingual mission of providing instruction in American Sign Language and English. In 2021, an all-deaf team of content curators and researchers at Gallaudet University worked with Apple to create several Apple Maps guides, helping to connect users to businesses and organizations that value, embrace and prioritize the deaf community and sign languages. Apple Stores both in washington d.c. and all along United States employ many Gallaudet University students and graduates.

As Apple’s CEO, Cook oversaw the introduction of some of the world’s most innovative products and services. Under his leadership, Apple champions inclusion and diversity, invests in coding programs and educational opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds, and ensures its technology is accessible to everyone. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University and an MBA from Duke University, graduating as a Fuqua Scholar in 1988.

Cook will be the presenter at at Gallaudet 152n/a Graduation Ceremony to be held on at Gallaudet campus on Friday May 13from 2-4 p.m. EDT. This year’s undergraduate graduation ceremony will be the first in-person since 2020, the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gallaudet University, federally chartered in 1864, is a bilingual, diverse, and multicultural institution of higher education that provides intellectual and professional advancement for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind through American Sign Language and English. The university has over 1,600 students in more than 40 undergraduate majors and numerous master’s and doctoral programs. He also conducts research in a variety of areas, including accessible technology, Deaf history and culture, Black Deaf history and culture, brain imaging, educational neuroscience, education, linguistics and psychology.

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