May 17, 2022

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden Delivers Commencement Address at Maryland Institute College of Art

From The Baltimore Sun:

Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress and former CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, urged graduate students at the Maryland Institute College of Art’s commencement to continue to tap their creativity and use it to serve others.

Hayden, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the commencement ceremony Monday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, said graduates had a “greater potential” that could be turned to value for their communities. She encouraged them to not just expand their creativity, but to use it to help others find their own talents.


During her speech, Hayden spoke of her parents, who she said were musicians. She said she realized early on she “didn’t have the talent they had” but they encouraged her to develop her own creativity, which lay in words and reading.

“I must admit, I was somewhat intimidated when I was asked to speak to you and meet with some of the most creative people on the planet,” she said. She deadpanned: “I am a librarian.”

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