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How to watch Apple CEO Tim Cook's MIT commencement speech

Erin Fuchs
Deputy Managing Editor

Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook will give the commencement speech at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., on Friday, June 9. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. EST, and Cook will speak at roughly 10:50 a.m.

Yahoo Finance will stream the speech at the top of this post.

Cook, 56, took over as CEO from Steve Jobs in 2011, overseeing growth at Apple that saw the introduction of the iPhone 7 and the Apple Watch. Since Cook became CEO, the value of the stock has nearly tripled; Apple now has a higher market cap than any other company.

“While faithfully maintaining his integrity and humility, Tim runs one of the most influential companies on the planet,” Liana Ilutzi, president of MIT’s Class of 2017, said in a prepared statement. “We are beyond excited to have him with us for Commencement!”

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Cook made headlines in 2014 when he came out as gay in an article he wrote for Bloomberg Businessweek. The following year, he wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post speaking out against state “religious freedom” laws that allow discrimination against LGBT people.

Apple CEO Tim Cook at MIT’s graduation on June 9, 2017.

Before he was CEO of Apple, Cook served as the company’s chief operating officer. Prior to that he was at Compaq and at IBM (IBM). Cook has humble roots, having grown up in Robertsdale, Alabama (current population 5,276). His father worked in a shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, and his mother sometimes worked at a local pharmacy, according to the Washington Post.

Cook earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University in 1982 and later got an MBA from Duke University’s business school.

He is not the first tech leader MIT has invited to its commencement. In 2015, MIT invited then-White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith to speak. Two years before that, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston gave the commencement address, telling the new graduates, “Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.”

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