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This May 14, 2012 file photo show s Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak addressing business leaders at Woz Live in Sydney, Australia. (AFP PHOTO, TORSTEN BLACKWOOD)

BERKELEY -- Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be the commencement speaker for UC Berkeley this year.

He will speak at the ceremony on Saturday, May 18

"Wozniak, a Los Gatos resident also known as "Woz," is widely credited for launching the personal computer industry with the invention of the Apple I and Apple II computers. He started Apple in 1976 with Steve Jobs, who went to the same high school, and left the company in the 1980s."

More than a decade after dropping out of college, the engineer and entrepreneur returned to UC Berkeley to finish his electrical engineering and computer science majors -- under the name Rocky Clark. He graduated in 1986, at age 35.

In 2000, Wozniak was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. Today, he is a philanthropist and the chief scientist for Fusion-io, a computer software and hardware systems company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, with an office in Silicon Valley.

A lounge at UC Berkeley's Soda Hall, which houses the computer science department, is named in his honor.

Wozniak's address might evoke memories of the now legendary speech that Jobs gave at Stanford University's commencement in 2005, six years before he died of pancreatic cancer. His speech, filled with personal stories about love, loss and death, ended with this famous piece of advice: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

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