14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address at Fisk University

Ambassador Andrew Young to Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2018 Baccalaureate Service  

Nashville, Tenn., April 30, 2018 – 14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden will deliver the 2018 keynote address during the 144th commencement exercise for Fisk UniversityHayden will receive an honorary degree for her outstanding contribution in the field of library science. Graduation ceremonies will be held at The Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Old Hickory), Monday, May 7, 2018, beginning at 10 am. 

Carla Hayden“It is indeed an honor to welcome Ms. Hayden to deliver remarks to our 2018 graduating class,” said President Kevin D. Rome, Sr., Ph.D. “A trailblazer in her own right, Hayden has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to educational advancement through equal access to information. Her lifelong contribution has aided educators and librarians throughout the country. Her words of wisdom will inspire, encourage and challenge our graduates to blaze their own trails upon leaving Fisk.”   

Serving as the 14th Librarian of Congress since September 2016 – the first and only woman and African American to hold the position – Hayden oversees one of the world’s largest libraries and manages projects as diverse as curating the library’s holdings, offering research and reference assistance, providing educational lessons and resources to teachers, and archiving modern sources of information and social media. Nominated by President Barack Obama, her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13,2016. Prior to leading the Library of Congress, Hayden served, since 1993, as CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Hayden was deputy commissioner and chief librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the young adult services coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a library associate and children’s librarian from 1973 to 1979.  Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of University of Chicago.   

Andrew YoungOn Sunday, May 6, 2018, the Honorable Andrew Young will address the graduates during the 2018 Baccalaureate Service in Fisk Memorial Chapel. The service will begin at 10:00 am. 

For almost half a century, Ambassador Andrew Young has worked for the social, political and economic advancement of oppressed people around the world.  He started his career in 1961 as the director of the Southern Christian Leadership Commencement (SCLC). Young was an aide to Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., and helped to draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. In 1972, he was the first black Georgian elected to U.S. Congress since Reconstruction. He was elected to two terms as mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1981, President Jimmy Carter awarded Young the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award.  

For more information on the 144th commencement exercises, please visit: https://www.fisk.edu/commencement