Most of the introductory speeches are sad slogans that leave half of the graduates napping under their blackboards.
But today, New York University graduates got the event they definitely remember!
(And yes, you can expect a number of similar lame puns in this article.)
Taylor Swift took the stage to receive an honorary doctorate from a respected institution, and while there, she passed on some of the wisdom of the 22-year-old class.
“I’m 90% sure I’m here because I have a song called ’22, ‘” Swift joked after graduating.
The administrators, who awarded her a diploma, asked her to leave.
They honored Taylor for being “the first and most influential defender of artists’ rights” and “one of the most prolific and famous artists of his generation.”
Not too shabby!
“I would like to thank NYU for making me technically, at least on paper, a doctor. Not the type of doctor you would want next door in case of an emergency, ”Taylor joked during her introductory speech.
However, Swift noted that it can be useful if in an emergency you need a song “with a catchy hook and intensely cathartic part of the bridge” or “a man who can name more than 50 breeds of cats in one minute.”
Before sending them into the world’s first tough summer of adults, Taylor told the graduates a little about herself.
“As a person who started his public career at the age of 15, it had a price. And at this price there were years of unsolicited parades, ”she joked.
“Life can be hard. Especially if you try to carry everything at once, ”Swift said.
“Decide what to keep and let the rest go. Often the good things in your life are still easier. ”
Taylor reminded her young audience that happiness is delicate and the future will not always be magical, but during all the ups and downs hard work and optimism will never go out of style.
“Never hesitate to try. Ease is a myth, ”she said.
“The least I wanted was the people I wanted to meet and make friends with in high school. This is what the people I hire for my company want most of all. ”
Swift warned the graduates that there was a hard road ahead, but she reminded them that when hard times come, they can always just get rid of it.
“Difficult things will happen to us. We will recover. We will learn from this. This will make us more sustainable, ”she said.
“And as long as we are lucky enough to breathe, we will inhale, breathe, breathe deeply and exhale. And now I’m a doctor, so I know how breathing works.
“I hope you know how proud I am to have shared this day with you. We’re doing it together. So let’s just keep dancing like we’re from 22nd grade.”
The graduates helped make #DoctorSwift a popular topic on Twitter before Taylor even finished her speech.