Taylor Swift Receives Honorary Degree from NYU

On Wednesday, country and pop star Taylor Swift received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from New York University as she blew kisses at the roaring crowd and delivered the commencement address at the 2022 graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

In her speech, Swift stated, “I’m 90% sure that the reason I’m here is that I have a song called ‘22.” She also shared that she “never got to have a normal college experience. I’d like to thank NYU for making me technically, on paper, at least, a doctor. Not the type of doctor you would want around in the case of an emergency unless your specific emergency were that you desperately needed to hear a song with a catchy hook and an intensely cathartic bridge section.”

According to Swift’s interview with Vogue, Swift has been looking to receive an honorary doctorate degree for quite a long time. In the interview, she states, “I really want an honorary Doctorate degree because Ed Sheeran has one, and I feel like he looks down on me now ‘cause I don’t have one.”

Before the ceremony on Wednesday, Swift fans began putting out offers to NYU students online, requesting them to purchase their tickets to the graduation ceremony to get a chance to see the pop star. Many fans offered to pay hundreds of dollars for access to the commencement. However, the university strictly forbids students from auctioning or selling off any tickets for events, including commencement tickets. 

Those of the NYU students lucky to be present at the commencement received advice from the pop star herself. Swift stated, “I know it can be really overwhelming figuring out who to be and when. Who you are now and how to act in order to get where you want to go. I have some good news: it’s totally up to you. I also have some terrifying news: it’s totally up to you.”

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