DANVILLE, Ky. (April 12, 2017) — Kentucky native and New York Times best-selling author J.D. Vance will address the 2017 graduates of Centre College during commencement exercises on May 21.
Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis” has now spent 36 consecutive weeks on the New York Times best sellers list, where it is currently No. 2. Dating back to its debut on the hardcover nonfiction list on Aug. 14, 2016, it has reached the No. 1 spot 10 times, including a streak of eight straight weeks from Jan. 22 to March 12. It was announced this week that the book will be made into a film directed by Ron Howard.
After a childhood spent in the Appalachian town of Jackson, and the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, Vance enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Iraq. Following college and law school, he worked for an investment group in California.
Centre will award him an honorary degree during the ceremony.