According to NYU’s press release, “Taylor Swift will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, at the morning ceremony and address the graduates and guests on behalf of all the degree recipients for the Class of 2022.”
Swift is set to get passed a diploma, a doctor of fine arts, honoris causa. She will be tossing her cap when she addressed the class of 2022 on May 18 at Yankee Stadium.
Taylor has previously been associated with NYU, as the university has conducted a class in her work, although she played no direct role in that particular curriculum. —NBC
Disability rights activist Judith Heumann will address the graduates at Yankee Stadium at the evening ceremony. Heumann was featured in the film “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution,” which was nominated for best documentary at last year’s Oscars. She is the author of the 2020 book “Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist” and produces the podcast “The Heumann Perspective,” which features members of the disability community. —NBC
Before this announcement, Swift would become an NYU alum, the university had already given her academic reverence. NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music debuted a new course back in January.
Taylor has been touring worldwide, releasing chart-topping albums, and gathering top awards since she was a teen, she didn’t have the time to attend college.
“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.