The crowd at the Yankee Stadium in New York cheered and screamed in joy as Taylor Swift’s name was called out to be presented with a Doctorate in Fine Arts.

Taylor is one of the biggest artists and the first female singer to have won three Grammys for the same category – Album of the Year.

During her commencement speech, the singer shared that she never had a normal college experience as she was home-schooled after 10th grade.

Wondering how/why the musician received a doctorate? Let us tell you…

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Meaning of honorary doctorate

Before we tell you how/why Taylor got the doctarate, it is important for you to understand what it actually means.

Taylor received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from New York University.

Unlike the doctorate degrees in academics that require you to meet certain educational qualifications, an honorary degree recognizes important individuals for their achievements and contribution to society.

Artists and prominent personalities from other fields with no prior connection with academic institutions are usually the recipients of this degree.

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How did Taylor Swift get the title?

Taylor received a Doctorate in Fine Arts thanks to her significant contribution to the music industry and the community through her philanthropic work.

While introducing Taylor, Jason King of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music lauded her for her unmeasurable achievements and the influence she has had on an entire generation.

NYU’s press release stated: “Taylor Swift is a trailblazing and influential advocate for artists’ rights in the face of exploitation and a forceful global advocate against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“An 11-time Grammy winner, she is one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation.”

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Singer jokes in her commencement speech

During her speech, Taylor joked: “I’m 90% sure the main reason I’m here is because I have a song called 22.”

She also said that she “no way” feels “qualified” to tell others what to do, but urged people not to hesitate from making efforts and doing everything they can to achieve their dreams.

“I won’t tell you what to do because nobody likes that, but I will however give you life hacks for when I was starting out my dreams as a career. Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth”, she said.

You can watch her complete speech here.