Robredos gush over Taylor Swift as ‘best gift’ at NYU graduation

Published May 19, 2022, 9:03 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Jillian Robredo’s graduation from the New York University (NYU) isn’t the only thing that the Robredos are gushing about these days. They also got to see and hear the speech of global superstar, singer, and songwriter Taylor Swift, who was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the university.

Vice President Leni Robredo’s daughters—Aika, Tricia, and Jillian—fangirl over Taylor Swift at the New York University’s graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 18. (Screenshot from VP Leni Robredo’s Facebook page)

Vice President Leni Robredo took a video of her daughters Aika, Tricia, and Jillian as the speaker announced the awarding of the Honoris Causa Doctor of Fine Arts Degree for Swift.

“Swifties that we all are, having Taylor Swift as Grad Speaker was the best gift. So, when she was about to be awarded with her Honoris Causa Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Jillian left her seat to go to where we were seated to savor the moment with us,” the Vice President said in a Facebook post on Thursday, May 19.

“We were lucky to have good seats. Still very far from the stage but good enough vantage point,” she added.

The more than three-minute video showed her three daughters pointing their cameras at the makeshift stage where Swift was and gushing at the same time.

Taylor Swift (Photo courtesy of NYU)

Jillian was even seen getting teary-eyed as the singer came into view.

On many occasions, Robredo shared being a Swiftie, even dancing to the hit song “22” during a visit to Cebu province in November last year.

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Earlier, she told a Twitter user that she was unable to meet Swift.

“Will not meet her but I will be one of the thousands of parents on the stands happily and proudly cheering on our graduates. Real treat to have her as the grad speaker. Don’t know kung gaano kalayo upuan namin (how far our seats are),” Robredo wrote.

Swift was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in fine arts for her work as a singer, actor, songwriter, and producer.

This is the first college degree for the Grammy winner, who started touring while in high school. NYU offers a short course on Taylor Swift, which includes her evolution as a creative music entrepreneur. The course analyzed Swift’s career.