Taylor Swift Receives Honorary Doctorate from NYU


Dr. Taylor Swift at the NYU Commencement Ceremony.

   On Wednesday, May 18th, Taylor Swift received her honorary doctorate from New York University, being her first public appearance of the year. Earlier this year, the university announced that they would be offering a Taylor Swift course at the NYU Clive Davis Institute for students. The ceremony celebrated the class of 2022, as well as 2020 and 2021 who lost out on their graduation due to COVID-19. Swift said in her speech, “I in no way feel qualified to tell you what to do. You’ve worked and struggled and sacrificed and studied and dreamed your way here today.” She went on to thank the university while poking fun at herself, saying, “I’d like to thank NYU for making me technically, on paper at least, a doctor. Not the type of doctor you would want around in the case of an emergency, unless your specific emergency was that you desperately needed to hear a song with a catchy hook and an intensely cathartic bridge section.” She also joked that she was “90% sure that the reason I’m here is because I have a song called 22.” Both NYU and Swift fans tuned into the event, which was live streamed, with almost 450,000 views. Swift also shared that she never got to have the normal college experience, as she only went to public high school until 10th grade. She then switched to homeschooling the last two years of high school while pursuing her music career. The singer-songwriter, director, producer, and now doctor, concluded her speech saying, “Let’s just keep dancing like we’re the class of 2022”, alluding to her song ‘22’. Congratulations to Swift as she adds another accolade to her list of career accomplishments.