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Taylor Swift Receives Honorary Doctorate from NYU

Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate from the New York University on Wednesday afternoon at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. In front of thousands of graduating students, Ms Swift gave the commencement address for the graduates of NYU’s 2022 class. 

Ms Swift received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the prestigious university, having never personally attended college due to her successful career as a musician from a young age. It is the latest accolade she has received, adding to the numerous awards she has won throughout her life, including 11 Grammy Awards. The American singer has mentioned in the past how she has always wanted an honorary doctorate. This week that wish has come true for the long-time resident of New York.

3 Ceremonies in 1

The ceremony was held at the famous New York Yankees baseball stadium in front of a huge crowd that included graduates from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 classes. This was because of the cancellation of the last two years’ ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Swift joked in her speech that the reason why she was receiving this degree now is because it is a reference to her bestselling pop song ’22’.

This is the singer’s first public appearance of 2022 and her fans were delighted when she shared a video on TikTok on Wednesday morning showing that she was on her way to the graduation ceremony. There had been many rumours circling the celebrity singer due to the lack of news from her in the past year. Insiders and reporters were stating that she was busy working on releasing her latest re-recordings of her old albums, continuing on from last year when she successfully re-released ‘Fearless’ and ‘Red’. It is expected she will release a couple more albums this year in order to be able to hold the commercial rights for her music.

Swift's Inspiring Speech

As part of her commencement address, Ms Swift gave a 23-minute-long speech to the attendees in which she talked about her experiences in life, her career and the advice she wanted to give to the graduates in the form of ‘life hacks’.

She said: 'The first of which is, life can be heavy, especially if you try to carry it all at once. Part of growing up and moving into new chapters of your life is about catch and release.’

She elaborated further, 'What I mean by that is, knowing what things to keep, and what things to release. Decide what is yours to hold and let the rest go. Oftentimes the good things in your life are lighter anyway, so there’s more room for them. One toxic relationship can outweigh so many wonderful, simple joys. You get to pick what your life has time and room for. Be discerning.'

She went on to say, 'Secondly, learn to live alongside cringe. No matter how hard you try to avoid being cringe, you will look back on your life and cringe retrospectively. Cringe is unavoidable over a lifetime. Even the term “cringe” might someday be deemed “cringe.”’

'I promise you; you’re probably doing or wearing something right now that you will look back on later and find revolting and hilarious. You can’t avoid it, so don’t try to. For example, I had a phase where, for the entirety of 2012, I dressed like a 1950s housewife. But you know what? I was having fun. Trends and phases are fun. Looking back and laughing is fun.’

Finally, she made that point in her speech that ‘While we’re talking about things that make us squirm but really shouldn’t, I’d like to say that I’m a big advocate for not hiding your enthusiasm for things. It seems to me that there is a false stigma around eagerness in our culture of “unbothered ambivalence.'

Ms Swift continues to be a source of inspiration for a generation of young adults and her words are sure to be a source of comfort for her millions of adoring fans that hang on to what she says in public.

Article written by Alec McLoughlin.

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