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Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane University Commencement

Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane University Commencement

In what Tulane University President Scott S. Cowen called a Louisiana lagniappe — a little something extra — New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres made a surprise appearance to congratulate the nearly 2,200 graduates. Wearing a white bathrobe — "I was told everybody would be wearing robes"— the comedian commended the students for making it through the last year. "You’re amazing people. You’re a very famous graduating class to go through what you’ve gone through," she said. DeGeneres told the graduates that she never went to college. "This is the closest I’ll come to graduating," she said. A personal visit to New Orleans coincided with Tulane’s commencement, but beyond that, "Whenever I get a chance to speak after presidents, I say, ‘Get me in there,’ " she quipped. DeGeneres told the students that as they go out into the world, it’s important to remember that "my show is on different times in different cities."

Only Ellen DeGeneres would wear a bathrobe to commencement!  Two ex-Presidents, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, also delivered a joint commencement address. If anyone has either Bush, Clinton, or Degeneres‘ (BCD!) speeches, please share!  Go Green Wave!

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  • kidi

    I love the Big Dog. As for G.H.W. Bush, he can go fuck himself.

  • geniass

    Some years/schools have the luck. Bill Clinton one year, Billy Joel another year, but I get the freakin monkey lady!

  • Solo

    She is just soooo funny !!! great comedian….

  • Ryan

    [DeGeneres told the students that as they go out into the world, it's important to remember that "my show is on different times in different cities."]Haha. That was funny!


    Yes! I can’t wait for my graduation!

  • AsianBrides

    CNN newsman Anderson Cooper received loud applause Saturday after commending Tulane University’s class of 2010 for earning degrees in post-Katrina New Orleans, the city where his father grew up.