Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Richard Ford delivered the commencement speech and received an honorary degree at the University of Maine at Farmington’s 2014 Commencement ceremony.


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. Most recently, Ford’s New York Times best-selling novel, Canada, won the top French literary award, the prestigious French Prix Femina Etrangere. It was also awarded the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and was part of several best-books-of-the-year lists.

Ford’s work has been translated into 25 languages, and he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and many newspapers around the world. His short fiction has often appeared in the The New Yorker and is widely anthologized.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944, Ford is at present Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University in New York. He lives with his wife Kristina Ford in East Boothbay, Maine.

“We are excited and honored that such a distinguished author as Richard Ford will be joining us as we commemorate this historic year’s graduation,” said Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president. “This year’s commencement marks not only a milestone in UMF’s 150-year history, but also in each and every graduate’s educational success. We couldn’t be more proud.”

DVDs of the ceremony will be available this summer from the UMF Ferro Alumni Center.

Visit the Ferro Alumni Center website for ordering details.

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