If you ever wondered what Taylor Swift would wear for graduation, you’ll be happy to learn that her outfit included a chic pair of leopard pumps. You can now officially call the singer Dr. Taylor Swift, as she received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University on Wednesday, May 18. At the ceremony, Swift wore a pair of spotted pumps by Italian brand O Jour. While the print was bold, the block heel was practical for walking. Swift finished her outfit with earrings from Djula Jewellery and also wore a ring by celebrity-favorite jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. Her hairstylist Jemma Muradian kept Swift’s hair simple, with her bangs taking center stage, while makeup artist Lorrie Turk applied her signature bold red lip.
Before the 2022 commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium, the 11-time Grammy winner posted a BTS reel on Instagram as she prepared for the momentous occasion. The video starts with Swift sitting in her car wearing an oversize gray sweatshirt and a red T-shirt underneath. Then we get a glimpse at the black fitted dress she slipped on underneath her robe. “Wearing a cap and gown for the very first time – see you soon NYU 🥺🥰🗽,” she captioned her post.
The “All Too Well” singer gave a speech during the ceremony, where she joked, “I’m 90 percent sure that the reason I’m here is that I have a song called ’22.'” This doctorate is the first degree of higher education for Swift, as her singing career took off at the age of 16, and receiving one has always been a goal of hers. While she has no official affiliation with NYU, the prestigious college offers students at its Clive Davis Institute a spring-semester course inspired by Swift’s career.
Ahead, see Swift’s graduation look from all angles.