It’s gonna be all right, Taylor Swift tells NYU graduates at commencement

May 19, 2022 - 9:25 AM
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Singer Taylor Swift waves while speaking after receiving her Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts during the New York University (NYU) graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., May 18, 2022. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

 Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift received an honorary doctorate from New York University on Wednesday and told graduates that everything would be all right, echoing the sentiments of her hit single “Shake It Off.” The 32-year-old urged students to make the most of their choices. “Life can be heavy – especially if you try to carry it all at once… all the grudges, all the updates on your ex…. You get to pick what your life has time and room for.”

“I have some good news: It’s totally up to you. I have some terrifying news: It’s totally up to you,” she added, dressed in a purple robe and black mortarboard at the graduation ceremony in Yankee Stadium.

She praised the graduates for taking on the challenge of attending college during a pandemic. “Never be ashamed of trying – effortlessness is a myth,” Swift said.

The Grammy winner was among three recipients of honorary degrees from the university. It was the first college degree for Swift, who performed in concert tours while in high school.

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—Reporting by Alicia Powell and Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Cynthia Osterman