Apple Leader Delivers Keynote Address at Gallaudet University’s 152nd Commencement Ceremony; Deaf Actress, Educator, and Community Leader Lauren Ridloff Receives Honorary Degree

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gallaudet University celebrated the achievements of over 400 undergraduate and graduate students as they received their degrees during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremony in the Field House on the school’s Washington, D.C. campus. Gallaudet is the only university in the world where deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing students live and learn bilingually in American Sign Language and English. To view both ceremonies please visit: Graduate Commencement Ceremony and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook, the leader of one of the world’s most innovative companies, delivered the keynote address. Cook congratulated graduates for overcoming the challenges of the pandemic, and encouraged them to leverage their education and life experiences at Gallaudet to make their own imprint on the world and “build a life of meaning and fulfillment.”

Gallaudet has prepared you for a lifetime of discovery,” said Cook. “There is so much you’ve learned while you were here—more perhaps than you realize….And in the end, what you earned here is more than a diploma. It is more than a formal education. It is experience, insight and wisdom.

“I hope you’ve used this time to think deeply and openly about the world around you. To determine what you believe and why you believe it. What matters now is that you let those ideas guide you. That you let your values lead you. This is how you build a life of meaning and fulfillment.”

Added Cook: “I know, in my heart, that staying true to who you are and what you believe is one of the most important choices you can make. It will help you form better relationships. It will help you find more satisfaction in your work. And with a little luck and a lot of effort, it will help you build a more meaningful life.”