What you need to know
- Tim Cook gave the Ohio State University commencement address today.
- The speech was virtual due to social distancing requirements.
- Cook encouraged graduates to build a better future than what they originally envisioned.
Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Executive Officer, gave the commencement address to Ohio State University today. The speech was given virtually and posted to the university's Ohio State News YouTube channel.
Cook began his speech by talking about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, T.S. Eliot, and Amelia Earhart and how they were able to achieve incredible things while living through a time when the Spanish Flu was sweeping through their countries. He then went on to talk about how graduates today, while burdened with a historical challenge, have an opportunity to make an enormous impact.
Cook also took a moment to reflect on how best laid plans are often never realized. The CEO talked about how he pictured his life when he joined Apple, and how Steve Job's passing affected him.
Cook closed by saying that graduates today are faced with a situation that is not of their choice but one in which they have the power to influence. He encourages all to "build a better future than the one you thought was certain."
You can read the full transcript of the address on the Ohio State University website or watch the video below.
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