Elin Nordegren graduates from college, delivers commencement address
Tiger Woods, still recovering from back surgery, had yet another weekend off. For Elin Nordegren – his ex-wife and the mother of his two children – this weekend will be one she never forgets.
Nordegren graduated from Rollins College on Saturday with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and she received the Hamilton Holt Outstanding Senior Award for her 3.98 grade point average. With that award came another honor – she got to give the commencement address.
"I have been called a 'woman with no words' in the media and criticized for not talking very much," Nordegren, for whom English is her second language, told People Magazine. So, she said, she was "a little scared" when she contemplated the idea of speaking in front of all her fellow graduates.
But she tackled her speech just like she tackled her education, and delivered a 12-minute address in which she spoke of her nine-year journey toward her degree – which included what she called "the wild storm of my personal life."
Nordegren, now 34, began taking classes at Rollins – in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park – back in 2005, and took time off after the birth of each of her two children and again after her marriage fell apart. During her address, she thanked her classmates for their support. "When you told me stories about your full-time day jobs, about coming home to cook dinner for your families, and about making sure your children were cared for while you were attending classes, you inspired me," she said.
She also made a joke about suddenly and unexpected becoming the focus of worldwide attention soon after she finished a course called Communication and the Media. "I probably should have taken more notes in that class," she said.
Nordegren discussed her career and more in a Q&A on the Rollins College website. And you can see her entire address right here: