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Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak to Give Commencement Address to Largest Graduating Class

Posted on April 24, 2013.

feature_story_Steve_WozHIGH POINT, N.C., April 24, 2013 – High Point University will host Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak as this year’s speaker for its 89th Graduation Ceremony. The university will award more than 900 degrees – 836 undergraduate and 90 graduate degrees. This marks the largest undergraduate class in the history of HPU.

The Graduation Ceremony will highlight a weekend of events to celebrate the 2013 Commencement Weekend, to be held May 3-4. The Graduation Ceremony is not open to the general public; however the media is invited to attend.

Scheduled events for May 3 include:

• Commencement Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. in the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center on the HPU campus. HPU President Dr. Nido R. Qubein will be the featured speaker.

• Baccalaureate, 5 p.m. at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 1225 Chestnut Drive in High Point. Bishop Larry M. Goodpaster will speak at the event.

Scheduled events for May 4 include:

• Graduation Ceremony, 9 a.m. on the Roberts Hall Front Lawn. Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak will be the featured speaker. The rain site for the ceremony will be in the Millis Athletic and Convocation Center.

About the 2013 Commencement Speaker

• In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry. For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.”

Since leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures that focus primarily on computer capabilities and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. He “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, where he provided students and teachers with state-of-the-art technology equipment.

Every year, High Point University makes a special effort to bring inspiring national and international speakers to campus. Past Commencement speakers at HPU have included Former First Lady Laura Bush; Chairman of the Board and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company Muhtar Kent; NASA Astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin; Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; Dr. Bill Cosby; Queen Noor of Jordan; and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

For additional information, visit www.highpoint.edu/commencement or call 336-841-9055.

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