Joni Mitchell Receives Honorary Doctorate – The Vinyl Factory

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August 25, 2022

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“Well, luckily, I’m too old to have a swollen head.”

Joni Mitchell received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music.

The award was presented at a private event in Santa Monica earlier this week, with Mitchell receiving his certification from the Office of the President and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

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During her acceptance speech, Mitchell joked that she was “too old to have a swollen head.”

She added that she wished her parents were alive to see her graduate.

“My mum in particular would be very proud of it because she wanted me to go to college,” she said. “I went to art school and quit after a year. She considers me a quitter. So to see this achievement would be really impressive for her. I wish I could share it with her.

Mitchell was honored, said Berklee President Erica Muhl, for being “a force for change in the industry” and for “leading the way for women in music.”

For more information and to see photos of the ceremony, go to Berklee website.

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