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Taylor Swift to Get Honorary Doctorate from New York University

Eleven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift will add one more honour to her bucket list. Only this time, it’s about academics. Blank Space artist will be speaking at the New York University’s graduation ceremony in May.

NYU Press release

According to a press release, Taylor, 32 will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa. The NYU stated her as “one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation” in its press statement.

The press statement also noted her as the only female artist to ever win Album of the year three times at the Grammys. The press statement is as under:

“Eleven-Time Grammy Winner Taylor Swift Will Address the Graduates of the Class of 2022 and Leading Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann Will Address the Graduates at the 2020/2021 Combined Ceremony; Honorary Degree Recipients Also Include Lonnie Bunch III, Susan Hockfield, Jill Lepore, and Félix Matos Rodríguez.”

It also highlighted the many achievements of Fearless artist and stated that Swift will receive the Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa and address all degree recipients on behalf of the Class of 2022. You can read the full press release here. 

About the ceremony

A traditional morning ceremony will be held for the Class of 2022 at 11:00 AM. A combined ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will take place at 6:00 PM. The covid-19 pandemic led to the delay in organizing the ceremony for the Class of 2020-2021.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton stated, “I cannot overstate how thrilled I am to be coming together in person with graduates, parents, faculty, and honorees for NYU’s Commencement. Since 2019, we have been deprived of Commencement’s festive, communal joy, and its absence has been keenly felt.”

Other honorary degree recipients include Judith Heumann who is a lifelong disability rights advocate (Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa), Susan Hockfield who is an MIT Professor of Neuroscience (Doctor of Science, honoris causa), Félix V. Matos Rodríguez who is the Chancellor of the City Universit, NY (Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa).

Taylor Swift is an exceptional artist. Her awards and distinctions include:

  • The most awarded artist ever in American Music Awards’ history along with being named Artist of the Decade;
  • Winner of the BRIT Awards International Female Solo Artist of the Year in 2015
  • Winner of the Global Icon Award in 2021
  • Billboard’s first-ever and only two-time winner of the Woman of the Decade Award
  • The only solo artist this century to have three albums reach No. 1 in one year

She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. She has received 11 Grammy Awards, one Emmy Award, 34 American Music Awards, 25 Billboards Music Awards and 56 Guinness World Records amongst other accolades.

Swift will soon be addressed as Dr Taylor Swift. The pop icon is known for her down to earth personality. Media outlets often describe her as a savvy business person. Are you a Taylor Swift fan? What do you feel about her achievement?

I am Mallika Singh, a lawyer and writer by profession. Writing gives me a sense of freedom and independence. I am a keen observer and an ardent reader. When not at work, you can find me at the stable. Horse riding is another passion that keeps me going.


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