Apple CEO touts iPhone, praises Silicon Valley in commencement speech

(GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY) – Apple CEO Tim Cook used a commencement address in Washington D.C. on Sunday (May17) to jokingly encourage graduates who are not iPhone users to become one.


“Before I begin today, they asked me to make a standard announcement. You’ve heard this before about silencing your phones, so those of you with an iPhone just place it in silent mode but if you don’t have an iPhone please pass it to the center aisle. Apple has a world class recycling program.”

Cook was speaking on the National Mall to the George Washington University class of 2015.

The Alabama-born Cook referred to himself as a “proud son of the south,” but said for the past 17 years he’s built a life in Silicon Valley. He says it’s a special place where there is no problem that cannot be solved.

He told the graduates not to turn their back on their values as they enter the workforce.


“You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well. It’s a false choice today more then ever. Your challenge is to find work that pays the rent, puts food on the table, and lets you do what is right and good and just.”

The university said that a crowd of 25,000, including about 6,000 graduates of the university were on hand for the speech from Cook.