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Maya Rudolph’s Tulane commencement speech beats them all

The many faces of Maya.


Audra Schroeder


Posted on May 18, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 7:35 pm CDT

It was a grand weekend for commencement speeches, as celebs showed up at various colleges to dole out advice about Tumblr and take jabs at competitors. Former SNL cast member Maya Rudolph had a different approach.

At the end of a Saturday speech at Tulane, Rudolph asked the crowd of graduates to rise and take part in the National Anthem. This of course wouldn’t be straight take on the song; Rudolph’s rendition involves her very elastic face and at least a dozen different vocal affectations, including a nod to Beyoncé. And she dips into “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” 

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*First Published: May 18, 2015, 7:21 pm CDT