Taylor Swift may have already won Grammys galore, but now she has something else: the title of “doctor.”
The superstar received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University on Wednesday, blowing kisses as the crowd roared as she made her way to the stage at a packed Yankee Stadium.
Sporting her signature red lipstick and newly awarded honorary gown, Swift joked to the thousands of graduates gathered, “I’m 90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called 22.
“I never had a normal college experience per se. I went to public high school through 10th grade, then finished my education doing homework on the airport terminal floor,” Swift said in her opening speech.
The singer-songwriter, producer and director said she started her musical career at age 15, touring various radio stations across the United States. She went on to sell over 100 million albums and won Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammys for her album folklore, making her the first person to win the category three times. His previous victories date back to 2010 for Without fear and 2016 for 1989.
She gave the crowd a wink when Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music mentioned her recently re-recorded albums, including Without fear.
Swift’s advice to the class of 2022
Swift shared advice with the Class of 2022, but warned that “I don’t feel qualified in any way to tell you what to do. You have worked, struggled, sacrificed, studied and dreamed your way here today. I don’t I won’t tell you what to do because nobody likes it, but I’ll give you tips for when I started my dream career.
“Never be ashamed to try. Lack of effort is a myth,” she said.
Swift concluded her speech by telling graduates that making mistakes is inevitable but “when tough things happen to us, we’ll recover, we’ll learn from it, we’ll become more resilient because of it. As long as we’re given the chance to breathe , we’re going to inhale, inhale, inhale deeply and exhale. I’m a doctor now, so I know how breathing works.
“I hope you know how proud I am to share this day with you,” she said. “We’re doing this together so let’s keep dancing like we’re the class of 22.”