Taylor Swift for NYU 2020/2021 Commencement

Taylor Swift for NYU 2020/2021 Commencement

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Long story short, you called up the Class of 2020 and 2021 just to break us like a promise. 

We have waited for 1-2 years for our moment to celebrate alongside our classmates in Yankee Stadium. Unlike the Class of 2022, most of the 2020 and 2021 graduates will be traveling across the country and across the globe to attend their graduation ceremony. We are going to great lengths to experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so we expect NYU to do the same. 

Upon the announcement of the separate graduation speakers for the separate ceremonies, outrage broke out amongst the 2020 and 2021 alumni. First, the Class of 2020 and 2021 would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with Judith Heumann. Judith is a renowned activist and inspiration to us all. However, if you are going to host two graduation ceremonies, you should have the same speakers at both. We think all the graduates would benefit from hearing from both Judith and Taylor. While it might not be ideal for the speakers, this would be the easiest and most effective form of compromise. 


It is “casually cruel” to put Judith and Taylor in this situation. No speaker could compete with Taylor Swift. She is the voice of our generation. We have grown up with her music and have been inspired by her journey in the music industry. More so, Taylor Swift IS the music industry. For the Class of 2021, Taylor’s album, reputation, was released during our Freshman year. Then, Lover was released during our junior year. And finally, folklore and evermore came at the end of 2020 to fully define our senior year at NYU. 

In short, we would never walk West 4th Street again if NYU fails (once again) to address the voice of the students.

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