Tim Cook joins celebrities recording commencement speech podcasts

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be one of dozens of leading business people and celebrities contributing to podcast recordings for the “Beginning: Speeches for the Class of 2020” program.


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A special podcast program to be released on May 17, graduation day, is to add Tim Cook to a list of what iHeartMedia organizers describe as “the most inspiring and accomplished opinion leaders who have an impact on culture today “.

“The response to” Beginning: Speeches for the 2020 Promotion “has been incredible and we are honored to have the opportunity to add even more of today’s most exciting voices to help inspire new graduates”, said said Conal Byrne, president of the iHeartPodcast Network, in a statement.

“It is incredible how quickly this event was organized thanks to the generosity of so many people,” he continued. “We would like to thank all of our great beginner speakers … who have been so generous with their time and energy, giving this year’s graduates the inspiration they deserve.”

Details of Tim Cook’s contribution have not yet been announced, but the “Beginning: Speeches for the Class of 2020” program is to be a series of podcasts offered to students who are currently unable to attend their high schools and colleges because coronavirus.

From the tech world, Tim Cook joins Bill and Melinda Gates, and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert in a program that covers business, the arts and sports. Other participants added alongside Cook include Mary J. Blige, Smokey Robinson and actor Henry Winkler.

Previously announced contributors include Hillary Clinton, actress Sienna Miller, country star Tim McGraaw and Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach.

In addition to the launch speeches, some companies are supporting the program financially or through technology. “Thanks to T-Mobile for presenting an unprecedented way to celebrate graduates around the world with a #TossYourCap challenge on TikTok,” said Byrne, “stay tuned for more details.”

“One of the most interesting things about this is the way each of our partners steps in to help graduates in their own way,” he added. “Thanks to Doritos for providing a platform for high school students who missed the opportunity to give promotion major speeches a chance to be included in this podcast through their major and have granted each selected student $ 50,000 in tuition assistance. “

Although Apple is not listed as contributing beyond Tim Cook’s speech, the company has previously reportedly considered supporting host company iHeartMedia with investments.

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