Taylor Swift will receive an honorary degree from New York University — and address the class of 2022.
The ceremony will be held on May 18 at Yankee Stadium, where Swift will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, and speak to the graduates. The event will also celebrate the classes of 2020 and 2021 — whose graduations were affected by the pandemic — at a ceremony later that evening.
“Since 2019, we have been deprived of Commencement’s festive, communal joy, and its absence has been keenly felt,” NYU’s president Andrew Hamilton said in a statement. “We reconvene at Yankee Stadium with a renewed sense of appreciation for the act of celebrating together in person, a recognition of our graduates’ enormous achievements, and a respect for their character and perseverance.”
The announcement of Swift’s honorary degree arrives just after Rolling Stone senior writer Brittany Spanos taught a class at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Swift is currently selling “I’m Feeling ’22 Graduation” merchandise on her website.