Charlotte Foster


Taylor Swift receives honorary doctorate

Taylor Swift receives honorary doctorate

Grammy-award winner Taylor Swift has another achievement to her name, as she has received an honorary doctorate from the New York University.

The pop music icon was honoured in the sector of fine arts in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium, as she addressed the graduating class of 2022. 

Sporting her signature red lipstick and newly awarded honorary robe, Swift joked to the thousands of graduates assembled, "I'm 90 percent sure the main reason I'm here is because I have a song called 22."

"I never got to have a normal college experience per se. I went to public high school until 10th grade and then finished my education doing home school work on the floor of airport terminals," Swift said in her commencement speech.

Swift went on to share worldly advice with the new graduates as they prepare for life outside of university. 

"You've worked and struggled and sacrificed and studied and dreamed your way here today. I won't tell you what to do because nobody likes that, but I will however give you life hacks for when I was starting out my dreams as a career," she said.

"Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth."

Swift concluded her speech by telling graduates that making mistakes is inevitable but "when hard things 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 and breathe out. I am a doctor now so I know how breathing works," she said.

"I hope you know how proud I am to share this day with you.

"We're doing this together so let's just keep on dancing like we're the class of 22."

Image credits: Getty Images

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