Singers, Politicians and Doctors Among 2022 College Graduate Speakers

Popular singer Taylor Swift is expected to be one of the well-known people speaking to students and their families at graduation events in the United States in May.

The singer planned to perform in places around the world in 2020. But she canceled it to visit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, if you’re a family member of a 2022 New York University graduate, you’ll be able to see Swift next month.

The performer receives an honorary award diploma at the university’s graduation ceremony, also known as commencement, on May 18. The event will take place at Yankee Stadium, home of the famous baseball team.

Swift is one of many well-known people who will address students and their families at graduation ceremonies in May.

This year’s list includes Dr Anthony Fauci, actor Tyler Perry and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Fauci is director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services. He served as America’s top infectious disease official during the pandemic. Fauci will speak at Princeton University in New Jersey on May 23.

Perry will speak May 9 at Emory University in Atlanta. Perry is an actor and filmmaker known for creating humor personage Do one. But he is also known for his roles in Precious, missing girl and Don’t look up.

Ardern received praise for his strong policies at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These policies are credited with keeping the number of cases low in New Zealand. She will speak at Harvard University on May 26.

FILE – Dr. Anthony Fauci will speak at Princeton University’s graduation ceremony in May. (Greg Nash/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo)

NYU students graduating next month told the publication Inside Higher Education that they are already contacted by strangers. People ask to buy their tickets for hundreds of dollars. NYU students only receive two tickets to the event, which normally go to their parents.

Sean Nesmith graduates in May. He took to Twitter to post an image of a message he received from someone asking for his tickets to the event.

The person said they would “give a huge wave” and cheer Nesmith on using a device that increases the sound of your voice called a megaphone. “I promise I will be your biggest fan out there,” the person wrote.

“It’s just mad“, Nesmith told the publication. However, he noted that there will likely be people, especially international students, who will sell their tickets because their parents will not make the trip to New York. However, NYU has said she could punish students who sell their tickets for money.

The president of NYU is Andrew Hamilton. He said the start of 2022 is exciting because it’s the first time since 2019 that NYU will be able to properly honor its graduates.

“I can not exaggerate How? ‘Or’ What happy I have to meet in person,” Hamilton said in a post on NYU’s website.

The university will have two events, actually. The one honoring the class of 2022 will take place in the morning. This includes Swift. Another honoring 2020 and 2021 students will take place in the evening.

An image of the NYU graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium in New York City in 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

An image of the NYU graduation ceremony at Yankee Stadium in New York City in 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Fauci will speak at the Princeton event known as Class Day. It takes place the day before the start of the school year. The university’s Class Day is organized by a group of students. This will be the first time the event has been held in person since 2019.

Event organizers said Fauci played a big role in helping students have a “much more normal senior year.” They credited his work on public health policy during the pandemic.

At Harvard in late May, Ardern will be the keynote speaker at the university’s graduate event. President Lawrence Bacow noted Ardern’s efforts to address issues such as gender equity and climate change, in addition to his work to keep New Zealand safe during the early days of the pandemic. He praised Ardern”compassionate leadership.”

Harvard will hold a separate event later in May for students graduating in 2020 and 2021 who were unable to attend their graduation in person.

FILE - Filmmaker Steven Spielberg takes the stage during Harvard University's commencement exercises, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FILE – Filmmaker Steven Spielberg takes the stage during Harvard University’s commencement exercises, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

At Emory University in Atlanta, Tyler Perry will be the keynote speaker at the school’s May 9 graduation. Perry centers its film production in Atlanta.

Expensive speakers

Universities sometimes pay their famous junior lecturers. In 2016, The Associated Press wrote that Rutgers University of New Jersey paid writer Toni Morrison $30,000 in 2011 and the University of Houston paid actor Matthew McConaughey $166,000 to speak in 2015. The actor donated the money to charity.

A spokesperson for Kean University in New Jersey said a well-known speaker “makes their debut even more memorable.”

Some schools, including Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley, generally don’t pay their lecturers. Others only pay travel expenses. The honor of speaking at Harvard seems like payment enough for people, like director Steven Spielberg, who spoke in 2016.

Speaking to CNN last year, Scott Jaschik of Inside Higher Educationdescribed what he thinks students expect from a beginning speaker.

He said, “Students expect someone who is reasonably famous and who Inspire them somehow.

I am Dan Friedell. And I’m Caty Weaver.

Dan Friedell wrote this story for VOA Learning English.

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to visit -not. a series of related performances or appearances

graduation – nm a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are awarded

personage – nm a person who appears in a story, book, play, movie, or television show

ticket – nm a piece of paper or other sign that allows a person to see an event, show or performance

mad – adj. very strange or unusual

exaggerate -v. To say that (something) is bigger or bigger than it really is

delight – adj.. to make (someone) feel very excited or happy

compassionate – adj. caring for people who are sick, injured, poor or in difficulty

charity -not. giving money, food or other help to poor, sick people

Inspire – v. getting someone to decide for themselves that they want to do something; to make someone feel emotions

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