Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford to Speak at UMF Commencement
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford will deliver the commencement speech at University of Maine at Farmington’s 2014 graduation, May 17, on the UMF campus. Acclaimed by the New York Times as “one of his generation’s most eloquent voices,” Ford is the author of 11 works of fiction. Notable among those is “Independence Day,” winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award—the first novel to win both awards in a single year. Ford’s most recent novel, “Canada,” won the top French literary award and was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, as reported in the Portland Press Herald. UMF President Foster noted the University is honored that Ford will be joining them for this historic year’s graduation. The student commencement address will be given by Sean Skillern, vice president of the senior class, from Naples, Maine.