Speakers & Honorees

Best-Selling Author, Adriana Trigiani

2018 Commencement Speaker: Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is a best-selling author who has penned a host of books — perhaps none more popular than the novel Big Stone Gap which was made into a feature film starring Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, and Jenna Elfman. The story is set in the Virginia community where Adriana grew up.

She and Nancy Bolmeier founded and operate a writing program for elementary school-aged children in Southwest Virginia called The Origin Project.

Ms. Trigiani has also written for television comedy and movies.