Ellen DeGeneres: To be Primary Speaker at Tulane graduation
Celeb show-host Ellen DeGeneres is about to become the big woman on campus.
On May 16, the TV talker will be the principal speaker at Tulane University's commencement ceremonies, The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reported.
"I am thrilled to be the keynote speaker for Tulane University's 2009 commencement," Ellen said in a statement.
For Ellen, a New Orleans native, this will mark a return to the speaker's podium at Tulane. Ellen DeGeneres was a surprise guest towards the end of the school's graduation ceremony in May 2006 - the university's first post-Hurricane Katrina commencement.
Before this, Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were the primary speakers.
Ellen hit the stage in a white bathrobe because, as she deadpanned, she had heard everyone would be wearing a robe, making an entrance as only she can.
"Ellen brought the house down," Tulane President Scott Cowen told The Times-Picayune. "We've wanted to get her back ever since and are thrilled that she said, 'Yes.'"
In May, when DeGeneres returns to campus, she'll be given the Tulane University President's Medal, an honor given in recognition of service to "the well-being of Tulane University or the city of New Orleans," according to a Tulane statement.