Title

Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane Commencement Speech: Is She Getting Through to Anybody?

Date

5-29-2014 3:45 PM

End Time

29-5-2014 4:00 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

Communication Studies

Session Chair

Emily Plec

Session Title

Top Papers in Communication Studies

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Plec

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In my analysis of Ellen DeGeneres’ commencement speech given at Tulane University in 2009, I show that she successfully establishes enough ethos to be seen as a highly credible source on the subject of life, and thus, have her claims resonate as reasonable and sound with her audience. DeGeneres does this through her balanced use of humor and tragedy as a rhetorical style, her use of the commencement speech genre (as presented in Margaret LaWare’s essay, “Redefining the ‘Good Life’: Life Lessons and Virtues in Commencement Speeches by Women”), and her ability to identify with her audience.

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Ellen DeGeneres' Tulane Commencement Speech: Is She Getting Through to Anybody?

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

In my analysis of Ellen DeGeneres’ commencement speech given at Tulane University in 2009, I show that she successfully establishes enough ethos to be seen as a highly credible source on the subject of life, and thus, have her claims resonate as reasonable and sound with her audience. DeGeneres does this through her balanced use of humor and tragedy as a rhetorical style, her use of the commencement speech genre (as presented in Margaret LaWare’s essay, “Redefining the ‘Good Life’: Life Lessons and Virtues in Commencement Speeches by Women”), and her ability to identify with her audience.