Nordegren talks Tiger at graduation without saying 'Tiger'

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Nordegren Talks Tiger At Graduation Without Saying 'Tiger'


People reports with a 3.96 GPA, raising two children and having raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for less fortunate children, Rollins College outside Orlando honored Nordegren as its most outstanding graduating senior.

That's not to say Nordegren didn't talk a little Tiger. She noted when she started night school in 2005, she was married, new to the U.S. and had no children.

ELIN NORDEGREN, TIGER WOODS' EX-WIFE: "Nine years later, I'm a proud American and I have two beautiful children ... But I'm no longer married."

No, you're not, Ms. Nordegren. The couple famously split after Woods crashed his Escalade trying to leave their house Thanksgiving weekend 2009.

Revelations of more than a dozen affairs by Tiger derailed not only their marriage and the pro golfer's career, but also golf, frankly, hasn't been the same since. Not that the last part's relevant to Nordegren's life, but the scandal thrust her into the spotlight more than she'd ever planned.

The Washington Post reports she noted the divorce was "right after I had taken [a class in] communications and the media that I was unexpectedly thrust into the media limelight–and I probably should have taken more notes in that class."

​But while most of the headlines on her speech took a dig or even a swipe at Tiger, Nordegren never actually mentioned her ex-husband by name. The closest she came to a verbal jab was the "no longer married" line, and she stuck to trying to inspire otherwise.


WOFL reports NORDEGREN: "Your actions, my fellow graduates, inspired me to keep on going to the finish line. We walked the talk, and I can't thank you all enough."

Nordegren graduated with a degree in psychology. She said one of her most inspiring moments came when a flight attendant handed her a note. The flight attendant was also a single mom and thanked Nordegren for being an inspiration.

The Orlando Sentinal reports Nordegren said, ​"Since I have done little public speaking, how exactly had I inspired her? Whatever the answer, I felt a connection with her that day - mother to mother. ​I was inspired by her actions to make a connection with me."


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Elin Nordegren, left, chats with other grads during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Elin Nordegren walks off the stage after speaking during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Elin Nordegren watches during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Elin Nordegren's entourage, including son Charlie (snoozing on chair at left), watches commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Charlie Woods, son of Elin Nordegren, snoozes during his mother's commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Elin Nordegren watches during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
Elin Nordegren exits the New York Stock Exchange with her boyfriend Christopher Cline, an American mining entrepreneur, in New York's financial district June 19, 2014. Nordegren attended a bell ceremony for Foresight Energy LP, of which Cline is the chairman. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Elin Nordegren attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Elin Nordegren is seen at Los Angeles International Airport on February 16, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/HM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Elin Nordegren claps during commencement ceremonies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Saturday, May 10, 2014. Nordegren, the former wife of golfer Tiger Woods, was named the 'Outstanding Graduating Senior' for Rollins College. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Elin Nordegren attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
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