Monday, May 12, 2014

Video: Elin Nordegren discusses divorce in commencement speech

Not much has been said by Elin Nordegren, the former wife of Tiger Woods, since the pair split in 2009 amid infidelity by the superstar golfer. But Nordegren had plenty of words to say over the weekend when she gave the commencement speech at Rollins College after receiving the Hamilton Holt Outstanding Senior Award. Nordegren steps up to the podium to deliver her speech around the 2:30 mark in the video.

Jenny Depper of Yahoo Sports transcribed some of the speech's highlights (c/o Bleacher Report):

I've been called a woman of few words and criticized by the media for not talking very much. A commencement speech is meant to inspire. And when I started to think what I should say to you all today, I got a little scared. What words could I use to inspire us all after a long journey in college? ...

... In the fall of 2005, I was 25 years old. I had just recently moved to America. I was married without children. Today, nine years later, I am a proud American and I have two beautiful children. But I am no longer married. ...

... Education has been the only consistent part of my life the last nine years. And it has offered me comfort. Education is one thing that no one can take away from you.

The 34-year-old mother of two completed her degree in psychology with a 3.96 GPA. And that's pretty amazing considering the whirlwind of media scrutiny she plowed through in order to get to this point.

Via Bleacher Report


  1. Getting married to Tiger was the best thing that ever happened to her. Nobody knew or respected her until then. Multimillion of dollars just because you had 2 kids by a guy and he cheated on you. Tiger was playing golf making money before he met her. I've never seen her practicing putts on the green, yet she's paid and embarking the fame as if she did. Gold Digger. Plain and simple.

  2. We've embraced it in this country. That's the thing, they all do it and cheat with the pool boy and file for divorce and spend the poor athletes money on the new poor boy toy.

  3. It's suprising how she hasn't taken very much heat for the down turn in Tiger's career (injury omitted). No one on the planet has ever experienced the pressure to win associated with the global media scrunity that Tiger endured ....and won. To deal with the pressure and stay balanced, some guys gamble, some drink, some do recreational drugs, some play around (countless superstars in other sports have) and to stay somewhat balanced. Not that I endorse Tiger's activities, but with what was at stake more of a reconciliation might have been tried.

  4. Tiger screwed up the marriage all by himself