NEW ORLEANS — Apple CEO Tim Cook will deliver Tulane University’s keynote commencement address in May.

“Tulane’s dedication to its students and the diverse community around them is an awesome example of the lessons we all learn when we come together, recognize our responsibilities to each other and give back,” Cook said.

Cook has overseen some of the world’s most innovative products, including the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Mac, iPhone XR, Apple Watch Series 4, iPad Pro and MacBook Air. He has championed inclusion and diversity at Apple while investing in educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds and ensuring Apple offices and stores are open and welcoming to everyone.

“Tim Cook represents the kind of success we hope all of our graduates can attain — not only because he is the CEO of the most innovative company in the world, but because he leads with dignity and uses his role to make a positive difference in the world,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said.

Cook grew up in Robertsdale, Alabama. He was a Fuqua Scholar at Duke University, where he earned an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Auburn University.

Tulane’s commencement will take place May 18 at 9 a.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.