This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Ellen Degeneres´ Commencement Speech In Tulane University, 2009

834 words - 4 pages

Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech 2009
Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans in 2005. Everyone at Tulane University had an uncertainty if they would be able to regain back their future. It was an obstacle for the students to overcome, but they later on prevailed and attended their graduation. Being a comedian you wouldn’t expect someone to give such a wonderful commencement speech. The guest speaker for the Katrina class of 2009 at Tulane University was Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen gives a speech that not only acknowledges the class’s achievements but inspires them to be greater. I will analyze how Ellen uses Ethos and Pathos by allusion, imagery, repetition, and tone. It is an emotional and inspiring speech that I believe can convince almost anyone.
Ellen is successful and is encouraging to the students, so that they can become the same or greater. She repeats this a few times throughout this speech. The speech is about being the person you want to be, no matter what hardships that you may face in life. The speech is mainly directed towards her emotional reality.
Ellen uses her emotional phase through pathos. She connects to the students through the things that have happened in her life. Her first explanation was how she was originally from New Orleans. She explains how the hurricane didn’t only affect the students, but her as well. She explains this by letting the students know that she loves New Orleans. “I’ve spent my favorite years here.” Ellen says. She spent most of her young adulthood trying to figure out who she was. She uses heartbreak to show how her life has become what it is today. She shares the story of her girlfriend dying in a car accident. At that point, she started writing as “a one way phone call to God”. She became inspired to start stand-up. She explains to the students this story to show them what positivity came out of distress. Ellen’s last emotional appeal is through encouragement. She starts explaining the jobs she has had from waiting tables to painting houses. Ellen’s life has not been an easy one, but she worked hard for what she has now. As she explains her story of having no money, she tells them that she “had no idea what she wanted in life”. Ellen said, “I had no heat or air and she slept on a...

Find Another Essay On Ellen Degeneres´ Commencement Speech in Tulane University, 2009

Franciscan Social Media Paper

1346 words - 6 pages Although a majority of public figures do not identify themselves as Franciscan or consciously follow Franciscan values, plenty of them unconsciously use social media to fulfill Franciscan values such as creating a caring community, showing compassion, and making peace. Ellen Degeneres, ranked number four on Forbes Most Influential Women in Media, out ranked public figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, and Tyra Banks due

The Music Children Hear Essay

2180 words - 9 pages faces an increase of record sales, parents are not forced to explain what derogatory words mean and why they are inappropriate for most people to use to their sons and daughters, who, in turn, are subject to the culture of the music without the language involved. Works Cited "5/10/12." The Ellen DeGeneres Show. 10 May 2012. Television. "Bio." Bio. Drdouglas.org, n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. "Cee Lo Green." Cee Lo Green- Chart History. Billboard, n.d

Ellen DeGeneres: A True Outlier

826 words - 4 pages Throughout her life, Ellen DeGeneres has accomplished so many things, which makes her a true outlier. She has a fascinating background, a successful career, and has overcome obstacles. Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958 in Metaire, Louisiana. At the young age of 23, her parents divorced which led to the relocation with her mother to Atlanta, Texas. She states that “my mother was going through some really hard times and I could see

New Orleans: Welcoming Disaster

2389 words - 10 pages the case of Tulane; the hospital itself is part of Tulane University and the emergency planning is done within the Office for Emergency Planning. Planning for emergencies is wholly circumstantial. A safety protocol used in one situation may be irrelevant in another. There are exceptions, such as food and water resource storage. Yet when you plan for evacuations, you must consider most or all circumstances such as earthquakes, hurricanes

1990s Gay Culture

1611 words - 7 pages Degeneres during her tv show Ellen. The two kinds of media contrast as a form of whether or not to come out as a gay or not during a time when AIDs was prominent and new. Within the early 1990s there is a rise in queer culture that many people did not know for what it was. At first, the United States thought it was problematic because it was an invasion on the home-front and the country is trying to figure out its own identity culturally, which led to

The Banana Kings Legacy

1052 words - 5 pages many foundations in his name, and also had a garden names after him. The things Zemuarry participated in were not always constititional, people have forgotten about him and will never learn who Zemuarry actually is. Zemuarry lived in New Orleans in the 1940s, and he had a grand manasion in Audubon place near Tulane University, and across from the famous Audubon Park. “When Zemuarry died, he left it to Tulane. It’s been the official residence of

Cause of Homosexuality

2470 words - 10 pages society still does not totally accept homosexuals and causes many homosexual boys to stay in the closet. Other examples of gay people in society are those of Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche. Ellen DeGeneres was the star of the hit series "Ellen". At the beginning of the series everyone thought that it was going to be a big hit. Later, there was a rumor that Ellen's character would announce her homosexuality. After months of talk Ellen came

A Nudge to the Left

1846 words - 8 pages DOMA was signed, the year Ellen DeGeneres declared to the world, “I’m gay,” during her ABC show Ellen, making her the first openly gay character on primetime TV. In fact, Ellen DeGeneres’ coming out was one of the most defining moments of 1997. The episode in which Ellen came out, titled “The Puppy Episode,” was the highest-rated episode of the show. In an interview to Time magazine she said, “I never wanted to be the lesbian actress. I never

Say Yes To Same-Sex Marriage

840 words - 4 pages everything you wanted to be, and now you realize that they are attracted to the same gender as them. In what way did their sexuality affect their character all these years if you had looked up to them without knowing what gender they were attracted to? For example, Ellen DeGeneres is an openly gay woman who is still incredibly popular even though thousands, perhaps even millions, acknowledge that she is lesbian. Even if her sexual preference does

In Favor of Same Sex Marriage

1094 words - 4 pages after said battle, Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage, racking up a glorious win. Many years later on May 15, 2008, the California Supreme Court over turned their ban on same-sex marriage much like Texas had done in 2003. Shortly afterward on June 16, 2008, California had same-sex marriage legalized (and Ellen DeGeneres was married to her wife, Portia de Rossi during that time period). Sadly, on Novemeber 4th, California voters voted to ban

Technology: Progress or Perils?

993 words - 4 pages increasingly less physically active. According to Ellen DeGeneres in This is How We live, “Modern life requires hardly any physical activity. We are just lazy” (DeGeneres 638). There are moving sidewalks in airports and escalators in malls. People do not even have to roll down car windows anymore. There are no qualms that each of these technologies has made life easier. However, they have also been detrimental, because Americans are more obese

Similar Essays

Analysis Of Steve Job´S Commencement Speech On June 12th, 2005 At Stanford University

1476 words - 6 pages Executive speechwriter Anthony Trendl once wrote “A commencement speech, simply, is an opportunity to share your experience, values and advice. The precise form is up to you. This affords the speaker a platform to say amazing, unlimited things.” Steve Jobs’ Commencement address to the graduates at Stanford University was delivered on June 12th, 2005. Jobs is well known for being the CEO of Apple Computer, Pixar Animation Studios, and the

The Ellen De Generes Show Essay

2342 words - 9 pages one of most inspiring and touching key figures in the world. Every day she is teaching our society about equality, kindness and empathy to make the world the most loving place it can be. For this reason, Ellen DeGeneres necessitated social change in 20th Century America because of her great support with the equality of homosexuals, helping charities and people all around the world and most of all showing today’s youth to be themselves and

Biography Of Ellen De Generes Essay

2974 words - 12 pages Ellen DeGeneres: Coming Into Society With Pride “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It's about knowing and accepting who you are. I’m happy being who I am. I’m confident, I live honestly and truthfully.” (DeGeneres 6). This quote is crucial for the reader to keep in mind, for it completely embodies

Great Speeches From History: Ellen Page

1164 words - 5 pages On the 14 February 2014, Ellen Page a nominated Oscar actress came out as gay in a speech that can be recognised as one of the most famous and well known speeches of current times and history. In this essay I will explain how Page’s fame profile and leading influence in the film industry and the world, her vocabulary and language applied in her speech, the deliverance and presentation of the speech and the topic of discrimination amongst the