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New Orleans native and Emmy winning televison host Ellen DeGeneres stands in her new Tulane Class of 2009 University bathrobe holding her mothers sweater that was returned by Tulane Univ. President many years after Ellens mom worked their during Tulane University graduation exercises at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, May 16, 2009. Ellen gave the commencment speech to the Katrina Class also know as the graduating clas of 2009.( Photo © Suzi Altman)