Maya Rudolph Sings Beyonce-Inspired National Anthem At Tulane Graduation

05/18/2015 06:19 pm ET | Updated May 18, 2015

When you invite Maya Rudolph to be your commencement speaker, you can't expect just a typical speech. Rudolph brought it out at Tulane University's commencement on Saturday, giving a hysterically inspiring address before doing her own unique interpretation of the National Anthem.

"It really is a true honor to be with all of you as you begin this new phase of your life," Rudolph told graduates, "as you embark on this exciting and challenging journey of being sober during the day."

It was the first of many jokes throughout the speech, which included an Oprah imitation ("YOU get a diploma!") and an extended explanation of her alleged procrastination to write the speech.

Rudolph talked about her telling her father -- a Tulane grad -- that she wanted to be on Saturday Night Live when she graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She went through improv classes and learned the classic rule: to any situation, say "yes, and."

"Say yes, and," Rudolph said as advice to the graduates. "Create your own destiny. Hold onto your old friends. Kiss your mama. Admit what your dreams are. Don't beat yourself up if you don't know what you're gonna do tomorrow, but work hard and don't be lazy. And put away your damn iPhone once in a while."

To end her speech, she asked graduates to stand. Taking advantage of her time on a mic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, she sang a ridiculous national anthem -- with a bit of Beyonce mixed in.

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