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Apple CEO to give Duke's spring commencement address

Posted January 20, 2018 8:06 p.m. EST

— Apple CEO Tim Cook, a graduate of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees, will give Duke's commencement address on May 13, President Vincent E. Price announced Saturday.

“I am absolutely delighted that Tim Cook will be returning to campus as this spring’s commencement speaker,” Price said. "I can imagine no better person, and no bigger Duke fan, to inspire the Class of 2018.”

Before being named CEO in August 2011, Cook was Apple's chief operating officer and responsible for the company's worldwide sales and operations.

Cook earned his MBA in 1988 from Duke, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. He earned a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982.