As publicized as Tiger Woods’ divorce was from Elin Nordegren, there was never any comments from the former Swedish babysitter. Elin graduated on Saturday from Rollins College Hamilton Holt School with the highest GPA of 3.96 in her graduating class, after attending the school on and off for nine years. In her speech to her fellow graduating students, Elin finally made some comments about coping with life after Tiger.
In her commencement address, she told her 300 classmates that night school offered her a “place of peace in the wild storm of my personal life.”
Her divorce from Tiger Woods, ironically, “was right after I had taken communication and the media,” said Nordegren, 34, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
“I probably should have taken more notes in that class,” she added, to laughs.
She said the internationally publicized ordeal was “some of the most challenging times” in her life — but didn’t bother to mention Woods by name.
“I have also realized that education has been the only consistent part of my life for the last nine years,” Nordegren said. “And it has offered me comfort — because education is the one thing that no one can take away from you.”
“I’ve been called a woman with no words in the media and criticized for not talking very much,” she said from the podium. “Words can be powerful. But what matters is the action behind the words.”
“My hope is that today I’m showing my children, Sam and Charlie — who’s sleeping in his chair — that it’s never too late to follow your dream.”
Nordegren spoke more about the end of her marriage from Woods than she ever has and seems to be in a good place in her life. It would be interesting to know how Tiger feels about Elin breaking her silence.
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