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Taylor Swift Is Now A Doctor And These 15 Quotes From Her Commencement Speech At NYU’s Graduation Ceremony Proves She Is Smart Enough To Be One

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Taylor Swift just walked down Yankee Stadium yesterday to accept an honorary degree from NYU. No, it was not for a movie or music video — Ms. Swift is now Dr. Swift!

Taylor Swift attends the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California

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New York University has awarded Taylor an honorary degree in the fine arts. She also delivered this year’s commencement speech at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. The 23-minute-long speech was witty, relatable, and music to my ears.

Taylor Swift Delivers New York University 2022 Commencement Address at Yankee Stadium

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You can watch the entire speech below, and scroll on to read my favorite quotes and (look at the pictures of our lady looking gorgeous in purple).

1.“Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you.”

Taylor Swift waving

(Taylor said this by welcoming the parents, friends, and well-wishers of her fellow graduates.)

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2.“Last time I was in a stadium this size, I was dancing in heels and wearing a glittery leotard. This outfit is much more comfortable.”

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour at the Rose Bowl

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3.“I’m 90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called ’22’.”

Taylor blowing a kiss

I mean, it definitely is a BOP!

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4.“I am a doctor now, so I know how breathing works.”

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5.“Not the type of doctor you would want around in case of an emergency, unless your specific emergency was that you desperately needed to hear a song with a catchy hook and an intensely cathartic bridge section or if your emergency was that you needed a person who can name over fifty breeds of cats in one minute.”

Taylor Swift at NYU 2022 Graduation

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6.“Being cancelled over the internet and almost losing my career gave me an excellent knowledge of wine.”

Singer Taylor Swift performs as Moet & Chandon Toasts 2015 As The Official Champagne Of New Year's Eve In Times Square on December 31, 2014 in New York City

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7.“If I did slip up, the entire earth would fall off its axis, and it would entirely be my fault, and I would be put into pop star jail forever and ever.”

Taylor Swift performs her 1989 Tour at Gillette Stadium

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8.“You don’t always get all the things in the bag that you selected from the delivery service, that is life. You get what you get, and you should be proud of what you’ve done with it.”

Taylor Swift at NYU 2022 Graduation

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9.“For the entirety of 2012, I dressed like a 1950s housewife.”

Taylor in 2012 wearing a black dress on Late Show with David Letterman

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10.“Why can we eat salad but not grass?”

Taylor Swift at NYU 2022 Graduation

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11.“Life can be heavy if you carry it all at once. Know what to keep and what to release. Decide what is yours to hold, and let all the other things go.”

Taylor Swift performing onstage

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12.“Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth.”

Taylor Swift at NYU 2022 Graduation

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13.“You have the power to pick what your life has time and room for. Be discerning.”

Taylor at the podium smiling

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14.“In our culture of unbothered ambivalence, the false stigma around eagerness makes it seem that it’s cool not to want it.”

Taylor Swift at NYU 2022 Graduation

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15.And finally, “Cringe is unavoidable.”

Taylor Swift attends The BRIT Awards, Earls Court 1, London, UK, Wednesday 18 February 2009

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