Taylor Swift urged students to embrace life’s embarrassments as she delivered a college commencement speech after being awarded an honorary doctorate.
Swift, 32, told thousands of New York University students at the Yankee Stadium Wednesday that getting into embarrassing scrapes was just a fact of life.
‘Learn to live alongside cringe,’ she said as she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious college.
‘No matter how hard you try to avoid being cringe, you will look back on your life and cringe.’
Swift added: ‘Life can be heavy, especially if you try to carry it all at once.’
The superstar also cracked a modest joke during her eloquent speech, saying: ‘I’m 90% sure I was invited because I have a song called “22”.’
The Red pop star did not attend college, instead going straight into the music business aged 17 after graduating high school a year early.
She urged students to think of whoever had cared for them as a child, and answered all their questions growing up, however ridiculous. The music icon suggested students should think of a way to thank that person if they were in the crowd with them, or remember them if they’ve since died.
‘Wearing a cap and gown for the very first time – see you soon NYU,’ the crooner wrote in an Instagram post as she was seen heading to Yankee Stadium in New York where the event will take place.
Taylor Swift is seen delivering the NYU commencement ceremony at the Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree, having left school to enter the music industry instead of attending college
Taylor Swift is snapped at the Yankee Stadium on Wednesday as she prepared to give the commencement speech to NYU graduates and accept an honorary doctorate in performing arts
Taylor was clearly excited to receive her honorary degree at the famous New York City baseball stadium, and was seen pumping the air as she walked across the field
The music icon donned a pair of leopard-print heels for the occasion, and gave a wave as she walked across the baseball diamond
Grad girl: Taylor Swift was seen with her cap and gown on in a new social media post
In the spotlight: The 32-year-old singer-songwriter is set to receive an honorary Doctor Of Fine Arts degree from New York University on Monday. The Red pop star will also address the graduating class at the distinguished school
Her father Scott Kingsley Swift, 70, took photos.
The star wore her long blonde hair down with bright red lipstick. The purple and black gown was worn over a black sleeveless dress as she also had on high heels with a fun leopard print.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place Monday at Yankee Stadium.
The honorary degree will be a first for Taylor as her career was well underway from the time she graduated high school.
Nice kicks: The hit maker also had on high heels with a fun leopard print. Her father Scott Kingsley Swift, 70, took the photo
The under look: The purple and black gown was worn over a black sleeveless dress as she also had on
NYU’s commencement will acknowledge the 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduating classes, due to the pandemic.
The university announced the upcoming plans in March.
‘I cannot overstate how thrilled I am to be coming together in person with graduates, parents, faculty, and honorees for NYU’s Commencement,’ NYU president Andrew Hamilton said in a press release.
A closer look: The Bad Blood star wore her long blonde hair down with bright red lipstick
Howdy y’all: Later she was seen at Yankee Stadium to deliver the New York University 2022 Commencement Address
‘Since 2019, we have been deprived of Commencement’s festive, communal joy, and its absence has been keenly felt.
‘Few groups of graduates are more deserving of a celebration than these classes: their pursuit of their studies disrupted, isolated by a daunting pandemic, these classes — 2022, 2021, and 2020 — have distinguished themselves with their grit, grace, and forbearance.
‘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.’
Laying low: Swift has been releasing much buzzed about re-recorded music; seen in 2021
A golden girl: Swift seen in 2019 when she was performing at the AMAs in LA