Tim Cook, the now openly-gay top dog of Apple (the biggest company in the freaking world), will give the commencement address at George Washington University on May 17. He was nominated for the honor by the university's students, and will be given an honorary doctorate of public service. The university, in a press release, noted that Cook "has continued to help improve conditions for workers who make the company's products, advance human rights and increase charitable giving, and he is overseeing a company-wide effort to use 100 percent renewable energy at all Apple facilities."
Other commencement speakers at George Washington University have included Kerry Washington, Michael Bloomberg, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton.
Also receiving honorary degress are Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and Carole M. Watson, former acting chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
If our research is correct (you'll let us know if it isn't), Cook hasn't given a commencement address since he spoke to his own alma mater Auburn University in 2010 when he was Apple's COO.
Cook was #2 on Out's Power 50 list in 2014, but that was before coming out as gay in a public forum. Look for the 2015 Power list in the May issue.