Taylor Swift Receives NYU Honorary Degree, Delivers Commencement Speech

Pop star Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate of fine arts on May 18 from New York University (NYU) and delivered the commencement speech at Yankee Stadium.

The 11-time Grammy winner addressed the NYU class of 2022 on behalf of other honorary degree recipients, including lifelong disability rights advocate Judith Heumann, who received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

In her 20-minute speech, Swift gave “life hacks” on navigating post-graduate and early career life.

“Hard things will happen to us. We will recover. We will learn from it. We will grow more resilient because of it. As long as we are fortunate enough to be breathing, we will breathe in, breathe through, breathe deep, breathe out. And I’m a doctor now, so I know how breathing works,” Swift said.

Swift also told the students to “never be ashamed of trying.”

NYU called the ceremony “an unprecedented ‘doubleheader’ event” as it also celebrated students from the 2020 and 2021 classes whose ceremonies were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NYU Clive Davis Institute of Record Music offered an entire course on Taylor Swift this year, covering her rise to fame and her public persona.


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