Commencement / Graduation 2014
Saturday, May 17 2014 10:30am
Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer, Richard Ford, delivered the commencement speech and received an honorary degree at the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2014 Commencement ceremony. Graduating UMF senior Sean Skillern, an Elementary Education major from Naples, Maine, gave the student address.
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.
Graduating UMF senior Sean Skillern, an Elementary Education major from Naples, Maine, gave the student address. Skillern is vice president of the senior class and recently received the Michael Winston Award for significant contributions to the college and the community. He currently serves as the president of the local Rotaract organization, a community service club for young adults. Skillern traveled to Guatemala last fall with other students and Rotary members to volunteer at Safe Passage.
DVDs of the ceremony are available from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center.
Visit the Ferro Alumni Center website for ordering details.
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