Skip to main contentSkip to footer

Emily Ratajkowski is giving 'grad-girl chic' as she delivers speech at Hunter College

The supermodel donned a cap and gown for the occasion


emily ratajkowski purple cap and gown© Photo: Getty Images
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
January 20, 2023
Share this:

Sign up to HELLO! Fashion for style tips, cultural insights, must-have items, and more

By entering your details, you are agreeing to HELLO! Magazine User Data Protection Policy. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, please click here.

Multi-hyphenate Emily Ratajkowski has just added yet another string to her bow – and we are seriously impressed.

The supermodel, author and podcast host ticked off another accomplishment on Thursday: delivering a college commencement address.

The 31-year-old gave a speech at the end of New York City-based public university Hunter College's winter graduation ceremony, inspiring former students with her unique career path.  

The My Body author explained the reasoning behind her decision to drop out of college in the late 2000s in her address, saying: "Modelling paid more than what my friends made working service industry jobs and I was terrified of being saddled with student loan debt."

Emily Ratajkowski Graduation Ceremony© Photo: Getty Images

The supermodel delivered the commencement address at Hunter College's graduation ceremony 

"I also knew that my window for this opportunity was limited - everyone reminded me that women have an expiration date. So, I gave up on my education and instead focused on work."

 MORE: Emily Ratajkowski will not give up on 2022's biggest fashion trend

READ: Emily Ratajkowski channels Bella Hadid in new street style look

View post on Instagram
 

In a post shared on Instagram with her 29.7m followers, Emily looked every inch the stylish grad-girl in a violet gown, complete with matching mortar board. "CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF ‘23! What an honor!" she gushed in the caption. "Thank you so much to President Raab and Hunter College for having me today."

EmRata is not the only supermodel to have donned a cap and gown – far from it. Last July, industry veteran Naomi Campbell accepted an honorary doctorate from the University for the Creative Arts in London. Shedding a tear at the public recognition for her immense contributions to the fashion industry, the 52-year-old told the other graduates: "Never quit."

READ: Emily Ratajkowski's 80s retro bikini is making us want to up our 2023 holiday wardrobe

MORE: Emily Ratajkowski is a shimmery Y2K dream in dazzling chainmail dress

Emily Ratajkowski Oversized Black Jacket© Photo: Getty Images

EmRata looked stylish in vibrant red boots on the streets of New York 

Speaking of refusing to quit, Emily's street style game was also fighting fit. The supermodel rocked a deep charcoal double-breasted jacket with plush fur lapels over her much-adored sleek black flares and bright red square-toe snakeskin boots. She topped off her look with jet black shades and brassy gold triangular earrings.

Impending graduates, you know who to turn to for style inspo…

Like this story? Sign up to our Hello! Fashion newsletter to get your weekly 'Fashion Fix' delivered straight to your inbox.

More Hello! Fashion

See more