This Wednesday, May 18th, a graduation took place where Taylor Swift received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from New York University. If you’re wondering if she actually took the doctoral coursework, she didn’t. The artist is a Doctor for all her work and contribution to culture.
The ceremony took place in New York in the gown usually worn by graduates. On the occasion, Taylor delivered a long and motivating speech. Read the highlights below:
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“The last time I was in a stadium of this size, I was dancing in high heels and wearing a sparkly leotard. This outfit is much more comfortable“, she joked.
After thanking her family and honoring the people responsible for raising and teaching every young person into adulthood, the singer thanks the university for shaping her into a career as a physician.
“I would like to thank NYU for technically making me, at least on paper, a doctor. Not the kind of doctor you’d want to have around in case of an emergency, unless your specific emergency was that you desperately needed to hear a song with a catchy chorus“.
Then she recalls her student life, which wasn’t exactly run-of-the-mill. Despite having entered university earlier this was her dream from a very young age.
Taylor Swift delivers the commencement speech at New York University’s graduation
“I’m 90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called ‘22’.”
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“When I was a kid, I always thought I would go to college, imagining the posters I would hang on my freshman dorm wall. I even set the ending of my music video for my song ‘Love Story’ in my fantasy college…“
She then talked about her music career, about how we all have a songwriter in us comparing everyday life situations and concludes in the best way:
“We go by our instincts, our intuition, our desires and fears, our scars and our dreams. And you’re going to mess up sometimes. So will I. And when I do, you’ll probably read about it on the Internet“.