'HOPE IN THE UNEXPECTED' ... Apple CEO Tim Cook donned a graduation robe at Stanford University's 128th commencement ceremony on June 16, when he took the podium to deliver a message that touched on themes of responsibility and humanity. Cook took the opportunity as commencement speaker to speak frankly about technology's local and global impact — the good, the bad and the ugly. "We see it every day now with every data breach, every privacy violation, every blind eye turned to hate speech," Cook said. "Fake news poisoning our national conversation. He urged the graduates to approach whatever they choose to pursue after Stanford, whether or not that's in the tech industry, with conscious responsibility and a humility for a greater purpose beyond themselves. "From the Garden of Eden to today, it's our humanity that got us into this mess and it's our humanity that's going to have to get us out," Cook said.
CLINCHING BASKETBALL'S HIGHEST HONOR ... Palo Alto High School alumnus Jeremy Lin broke ground in the sports world by becoming the first Asian American with an NBA championship on June 13 with the Toronto Raptors. "Promise I'll never stop reppin Asians with everything I have!" he wrote in an Instagram post, sharing photos with his family and younger brother Joseph Lin celebrating the win from Oracle Arena in Oakland. Paly's Athletic Department congratulated Lin, who was on its 2006 state championship-winning team, through a tweet showing a mural of him at its new Peery Family Gym with #OnceaVikingAlwaysAViking. The win was a milestone for the Raptors, which won its first NBA championship after surpassing the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the series. Lin, who joined the Raptors in February, averaged 3.7 minutes in the postseason and played in the final minute of the Canadian team's Game 3 win on June 5.
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