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Taylor Swift fans harass NYU students over grad tickets

You feel like 22.

Taylor Swift superfans are bugging New York University’s Class of 2022 for tickets to their upcoming graduation — where the ’22’ singer is ready to give an opening speech.

So-called Swifties have been flooding NYU students’ social media accounts with offers of up to $500 to witness the Grammy winner receive an honors degree May 18 at Yankee Stadium.

“I got long messages like, ‘I hope this isn’t crazy. I’d love to come,” student Sean Nesmith told The Post.

The senior – who said he’s received bids of up to $500 – described fans as “invasive and something crazy to laugh at among fellow NYU students.”

“Some messages are to the point, like ‘Are you giving away your tickets?'” he explained. “One girl said she was my ‘biggest fan’ with a megaphone and would cheer me on during the ceremony if I gave her a ticket.”

Reddit Users have also asked if NYU seniors are in the market to sell their tickets, although some of the posts have since been removed from the site.

Some students fear disciplinary action due to the school’s ticketing policy, which prohibits graduates from auctioning their tickets. Students who fail to comply with the policy may face delays in receiving their degrees and diplomas.

Many students fear the university's strict policy when it comes to graduation card sales.
Many students fear the university’s strict policy when it comes to graduation card sales.
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“I didn’t want to risk losing tickets or suffering consequences from the university if they found out,” Nesmith said. “It is not worth.”

But, “How iconic would it be if Taylor sang ’22’?” he joked.

While the “You Need to Calm Down” singer only speaks to the class of 22s

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William Ferrante told the Post he was contacted by a Swift fan trying to get a ticket to the graduation ceremony.
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William Ferrante, a 2021 NYU College of Dentistry graduate, also received an offer to buy a ticket — though his ceremony doesn’t include Swift.

Ferrante told the Post he was contacted by a fan after he was joking tweeted “I’m selling my late 2021 NYU tickets, who wants to see Taylor Swift!?”

“The issue of how much they were actually worth wasn’t raised during the conversation,” he said. “But if I could get tickets to her ceremony, I don’t think I would really be asking an exorbitant amount.”

"Swifties" have started harassing NYU grads for their graduation tickets so they can watch Taylor Swift receive her PhD.
“Swifties” have started harassing NYU grads for their graduation tickets so they can watch Taylor Swift earn her PhD.
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Senior Caitlin Hornick had a fan asking her for a ticket the past few days, according to the blog The clickwho first reported the phenomenon.

“It’s not like a Taylor Swift concert. It’s a graduation party,” she told the blog.

“The fact that people are willing to pay absurd prices just to come to Yankee Stadium to get a glimpse of Taylor Swift to get that honorary doctorate is just plain absurd to me.”

Swifties have been flooding NYU students' social media accounts with offers of up to $500
Swifties have been flooding NYU students’ social media accounts with offers of up to $500.
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“I want to celebrate my colleagues in my program who went to grad school during a pandemic, they deserve a ceremony,” she continued. “No ceremony that has frills because someone has a song called 22.”

A week after Swift fans began harassing students to get tickets to see the folk artist on stage in the Bronx, the back-to-school website updated its policy prohibiting ticket sales.

“NYU strictly prohibits the direct or indirect sale or auction of all-university commencement tickets.” reads the page. “Tickets are free and only available to eligible candidates in the Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 and their guests.”

A week after Swift fans began harassing students, the back-to-school website updated its policy prohibiting ticket sales.
A week after Swift fans began harassing students, the back-to-school website updated its policy prohibiting ticket sales.
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Last semester, NYU offered a course to study Swift’s work. The class was taught at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU and covered Swift’s career, songwriting, musical influences, and feminism.

Swift representatives did not respond to a request for comment.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/26/taylor-swift-fans-harassing-nyu-students-for-grad-tickets/ Taylor Swift fans harass NYU students over grad tickets

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