Maya Rudolph just won commencement season with this hilarious Beyonce impression

Rudolph uncannily nails the "over-embellished 'Star-Spangled Banner' voice"

Published May 18, 2015 6:16PM (EDT)


Meredith Viera encouraged Boston University to "be the Left Shark." Bill Nye admitted to Rutgers that he loves "his 'Uptown Funk.'" Kanye West professed his love for George W. Bush's paintings to the the Art Institute of Chicago. Ah, yes. Commencement season is here.

And this weekend ushered in an instant classic (NPR, take note) with Maya Rudolph's Tulane speech. In it, Rudolph channeled her inner-Beyonce with a spectacular rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

Watch the clip below:

By Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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