Paging Dr. Swift: Taylor Swift Receives Honorary Doctorate From New York University – National

Taylor Swift has Grammys galore and now she has a new title: “doctor.”

The superstar received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University on Wednesday, blowing kisses as the crowd roared as he walked onto the stage at a packed Yankee Stadium.

Sporting her trademark red lipstick and newly awarded honorary robes, Swift joked to the thousands of assembled graduates: “I’m 90 percent sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called 22.”

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

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The singer-songwriter, producer and director said she began her musical career at the age of 15, touring different radio stations across the country.

He went on to sell over 100 million albums and won album of the year at the 2021 Grammys for his album. Folklore, making her the first woman to win the category three times. Her previous wins came in 2010 for Bold and 2016 for 1989.

He winked at the crowd when Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music mentioned his newly re-recorded albums, including Bold.

Swift shared advice with the class of 2022, but cautioned that “in no way do I feel qualified to tell you what to do. You have worked and fought and sacrificed and studied and dreamed your way here today. I won’t tell you what to do because no one likes that, but I’ll give you tips for when I was just starting my dreams as a career nonetheless.

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“Never be ashamed to try. Lack of effort is a myth,” she said.

Swift concluded her speech by telling the graduates that making mistakes is inevitable, but “when hard things happen to us, we will bounce back, we will learn from it, we will be more resilient because of it. As long as we are lucky enough to be breathing, we will inhale, inhale, take a deep breath and exhale. I’m a doctor now, so I know how breathing works.

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“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.”

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