Tim Cook has been leading Apple for many years now, and now the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has confirmed his presence next year for one special occasion.
MIT officially announced today that Apple’s CEO will deliver the 2017 commencement address in June of next year:
“Mr. Cook’s brilliance as a business leader, his genuineness as a human being, and his passion for issues that matter to our community make his voice one that I know will resonate deeply with our graduates,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif says. “I am delighted that he will join us for Commencement and eagerly await his charge to the Class of 2017.”
Cook provided a statement as part of the official announcement, saying that Apple is a place where many MIT graduates have found themselves, and that Apple as a company stands at the crossroads between liberal arts and technology:
“Apple stands at the intersection of liberal arts and technology, and we’re proud to have many outstanding MIT graduates on our team,” Cook says. “We believe deeply that technology can be a powerful force for good, and I’m looking forward to speaking to the Class of 2017 as they look ahead to making their own mark on the world.”
Up to this point, Cook is no stranger to commencement addresses. He’s provided them at his alma mater, Auburn University, as well as at George Washington University.