“Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook, in a rare public speech, called on new college graduates to fight for what they believe in and said his journey of self discovery led to his view that equality is a right,” Tim Higgins reports for Bloomberg.

“‘The sidelines are not where you want to live your life,’ Cook told a crowd of more than 25,000 people at George Washington University’s graduation ceremony on Sunday,” Higgins reports. “‘The world needs you in the arena. There are problems that need to be solved, injustices that need to be ended, people who are still being persecuted, diseases still in need of a cure.'”

“Since becoming CEO in 2011 as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs neared death, Cook has pushed the company into more assertive public roles. He last spoke at a graduation at his alma mater, Auburn University, in 2010,” Higgins reports. “Jobs had made his own mark with a commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, when he urged the graduates to ‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.'”

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