Taylor Swift was lauded by fans for her lengthy commencement address to New York University’s class of 2022.
Swift, who also received an honorary doctorate in fine arts at the ceremony at Yankee Stadium this morning (May 18), used her wide-ranging and 25-minute speech to offer advice disguised as “life hacks” and the role of women talk models and the concept of cringe.
Opening her address to New York University’s Class of 2022, she joked, “The last time I was in a stadium this size, I was dancing in heels and wearing a glittery leotard. This outfit is much more comfortable.”
She added, “I’m 90 percent sure I’m here because I have a song called ’22’.”
In her emotional speech, she told the graduate students that they “must learn to live alongside the crawl.” Swift commented, “You’re going to look back on your life and cringe looking back. Vomiting is an inevitable part of life… You can’t avoid it, so don’t try – all through 2012 I dressed like a 1950’s housewife!”
Swift also faced the challenges of working in the music industry as a young woman and being surrounded by people who were at least a decade older than her. “I was constantly cautioned,” she said, feeling the need to be a “perfect young female role model.” If she didn’t, she joked, she was warned she’d end up in “pop star jail.”
She also spoke about low points in her career. “Being fired on the internet and almost losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of all types of wine.”
Online fans were quick to praise Swift’s speech, with one calling it “truly inspirational and iconic.” Many also celebrated the artist’s new status as an honorary doctorate.
Previous recipients of NYU honorary degrees have included Aretha Franklin, Ang Lee, Bill Clinton, Janet Yellen, Billy Crystal, and Justin Trudeau.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/taylor-swift-nyu-commencement-speech-b2082068.html Taylor Swift urges NYU grads to ‘live next to Cringe’ in ‘iconic’ speech.