She's feeling the class of '22! On Wednesday, May 18, Taylor Swift put on a purple and black cap and gown to take to the podium at New York University's graduation ceremony, which was held at Yankee Stadium.
The prestigious school announced earlier this year that the singer, 32, would not only be receiving an honorary degree, but also giving a speech to the thousands in attendance.
On TikTok, the Cats star documented her morning, as she can be seen slipping on a sleeveless black dress, heels, her cap and gown and her signature red lipstick. Her dad, Scott, then took a few photos of her as she proudly posed for the camera.
In her live streamed speech, the Grammy winner shared her "life hacks," encouraged the graduates to never give up, and reflected on her ups and downs of the past several years, insisting that despite any drama, she came out on the other side stronger than ever.
"Having the world treat my love life like a spectator sport, in which I lose every single game, was not a great way to date in my teens and 20s. But it taught me to protect my private life fiercely. Being publicly humiliated over and over again at a young age was excruciatingly painful but it forced me to devalue the ridiculous notion of minute by minute, ever-fluctuating social relevance and likability," she explained. "Getting canceled on the Internet and nearly losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of all the types of wine."
Swift explained that everyone is bound to "screw it up" as they pursue their dreams — including herself, as she quipped, "And when I do, you will most likely read about it on the Internet." She concluded her address with words of optimism.
"Hard things will happen to us. We will recover. We will learn from it. We will grow more resilient because of it. As long as we are fortunate enough to be breathing, we will breathe in, breathe through, breathe deep, breathe out. I am a doctor now, so I know how breathing works! I hope you know how proud I am to share this day with you," she shared. "We’re doing this together. So let’s just keep dancing like we’re the class of ’22!"