Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will star in mid-May for reasons other than a product launch.
What happened: Cook has agreed to deliver Gallaudet University’s May 13 launch address on the school’s campus in Washington DC, according to a university press release.
Founded in 1864, Gallaudet University is a federally chartered private research university for the education of the deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing.
Cook confirmed his attendance on Saturday by responding to a tweet from the university in which undergraduate speaker Molly Feanny invited the Apple chief in sign language.
Thank you so much Molly, I would be honored! See you there! https://t.co/eSmy1uyFu7
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) Apr 16, 2022
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Why it matters: Gallaudet University is an “Apple Campus.” Cupertino’s relationship with the company dates back to mid-2020, when Apple agreed to provide all students and educators with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and a SmartFolio for digital tablets.
The university also participates in an Apple scholarship program for students of color and disabilities, who will have the opportunity to design bilingual apps in American Sign Language and English.
Apple has also set up a recruiting program with the university through the Apple Carnegie Library, a store in northwest Washington where university students work.
Cook is among a number of top CEOs who regularly donate to philanthropic causes. The Apple boss donated about $10 million in Apple stock in 2021 to an undisclosed charity.
Incidentally, Apple won three Oscars this year for its original film “CODA”, which starred a mostly deaf cast in the lead roles. Apple shares closed Friday’s session 3% lower at $165.29.
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