Taylor Swift received a warm welcome to New York University on Wednesday when she accepted an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, from the institution. Swift attended the 2022 all-school commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium and delivered a rousing speech for this year’s graduates.
Earlier this year, Swift was the subject of a half-semester course at NYU (taught by the author of this post) in the Clive Davis Institute of Recording Arts. The majority of the 20-person class were studying to either be recording artists or work in the music industry, and the curriculum provided a close analysis of both Swift’s songwriting as well as her career trajectory during one of the most quickly evolving periods in music history.
Since releasing Red (Taylor’s Version) — her re-recorded take on her lauded fourth album — Swift has largely laid low. She has yet to confirm which of her albums she’ll be re-recording next, though many have suspected that it will be 1989 or Speak Now. Earlier this year, a new song titled “Carolina” was teased in the trailer for Where the Crawdads Sing. Her only release of 2022 so far has been the re-recorded version of 1989 cut “This Love,” which appeared in the trailer for The Summer I Turned Pretty.
In June, Swift will make an appearance at Tribeca Film Festival for a special screening of All Too Well: The Short Film at New York City’s Beacon Theater and then will sit down for a conversation about writing, directing and producing it. She’ll also make her first film appearance since 2019’s Cats in David O. Russell’s star-studded film Amsterdam. It’ll hit theaters in November.
Taylor Swift’s Full NYU Commencement Speech
Hi, I’m Taylor.
“As a kid, I always thought I would go away to college, imagining the posters I’d hang on the wall of my freshmen dorm.”
“You can’t carry all things, all grudges, all updates on your ex, all enviable promotions your school bully got at the hedge fund his uncle started. Decide what is yours to hold and let the rest go.”
“The people who wanted it the least were the ones I wanted to date and be friends with in high school. The people who want it most are the people I now hire to work for my company.”
“My experience has been that my mistakes led to the best things in my life. And being embarrassed when you mess up is part of the human experience.”
“Getting canceled on the internet and nearly losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of all the types of wine.”
How do I give advice to this many people about their life choices? I won’t.
Scary news is: you’re on your own now.
Cool news is: You’re on your own now.