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Tim Cook’s Commencement Address 2017 at MIT (Full Transcript)

Tim Cook at MIT Commencement Address 2017

Here is the full text (verbatim as delivered) of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s commencement address at MIT on June 9, 2017.

Tim Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as a senior vice president for worldwide operations, and then served as the executive vice president for worldwide sales and operations. He was made the chief executive on August 24, 2011, prior to Steve Jobs’ death in October of that year.

Listen to the MP3 audio here:


Hello MIT!

(Audience: Hello!)

Thank you. Congratulations Class of ’17.

I especially want to thank Chairman Millard, President Reif, distinguished faculty, trustees, and members of the Class of 1967. It’s a privilege to be with you today, with your families and your friends on such an amazing, important day.

MIT and Apple share so much. We both love hard problems. We love the search for new ideas. And we especially love finding those ideas, the really big ones — the ones that can change the world.

I know MIT has a proud tradition of pranks, or as you would call them, hacks. And you have pulled off some pretty great ones over the years. I’ll never figure out how MIT students sent that Mars Rover to the Kresge Oval, or put a propeller beanie on the Great Dome, or how you’ve obviously taken over the President’s Twitter account.

I can tell college students are behind it because most of the tweets happen at 3 AM. I’m really happy to be here.

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