Matthew King, a senior majoring in political science, noted Cook’s strong, longstanding ties to Duke.
"Tim Cook is a fantastic pick,” said King. “He cares deeply about Duke, and he's a Blue Devil through and through. Many of us aspire to be like Tim Cook when we grow up, so what could be better than to hear from him directly?"
In addition to his service at Duke, Cook serves on the boards of directors of Nike and the National Football Foundation. Among his honors are the Newseum’s Free Expression Award (2017), Financial Times’ Person of the Year (2014), Fortune Magazine's World's Greatest Leader (2015) and the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award (2015).
Commencement exercises are in Wallace Wade Stadium and are open to the public. More information about Duke’s commencement ceremony is available at: https://commencement.duke.edu/.