Commencement at Alderson-Broaddus College is set for 2 p.m. May 11 in Rex Pyles Arena in the Memorial Coliseum.
Dr. Wiley Cash, author of The New York Times bestseller "A Land More Kind than Home," is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech entitled "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" to 109 graduates.
The traditional baccalaureate ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in Wilcox Chapel. The Rev. Ronald G. James will give the baccalaureate address entitled "A Call to Commitment."
"I deeply love my native state of North Carolina, especially its mountains," Cash said. "I became a Southern writer because I wanted to re-create the South that I know, and I learned to write about the South from the writers I loved."
His next novel is also set in the same region of North Carolina.
Cash holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Cash teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in fiction and nonfiction writing at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife currently live in West Virginia.
Cash will be presented with an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters, by Alderson-Broaddus President, Richard Creehan.