Rutgers University: Ellen DeGeneres can’t speak at commencement despite social media push

It was just one year ago students at Rutgers University convinced former president Barack Obama to speak at their commencement, and now, there's a new push underway to have Ellen DeGeneres speak at this year's.



But it doesn't look like it will happen this year.



The university tells News 12 New Jersey that Ellen was not nominated during the formal process last year, and therefore cannot be selected as the 2017 commencement speaker.



They say she can be nominated to be the 2018 commencement speaker.



The social media push included an uplifting and viral video created by students.



The video talks about how Ellen has inspired Rutgers students to be kind and work hard, and the push is trending online with the hashtag #EllenatRU.



There's a Facebook page and even a change.org petition getting thousands of signatures.



"I think it's because her personality is what we have at Rutgers, she's very diverse like we are and we would love to have her here," says student Michael Sanchez.



It all comes after last year's social media push that successfully got the former president for the commencement.



The university is continuing to accept those nominations.


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