Ramsey to serve as 2016 Commencement Speaker
Syndicated cartoonist Marshall Ramsey will be the commencement speaker for the May 13 Commencement ceremonies at Holmes Community College. The Associate of Arts degree ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with the Associate of Applied Science and Certificate ceremony at 2 p.m.
Ramsey, 48, is a two-time Pulitzer Finalist (2002 and 2006) and a 1991 graduate of the University of Tennessee. His editorial cartoons are syndicated nationally by Creators Syndicate and have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and the (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger.
He is the author several successful books including two cartoon collections, the short story collection, Fried Chicken and Wine and the delightful children's book Banjo's Dream. Ramsey's cartoons, photos, stories and posts are frequently shared on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. He's also the host of the weekly statewide radio program, Now You're Talking with Marshall Ramsey and television show is Conversations on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
Ramsey's also a cancer survivor. Diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2001, he has been honored by both the Melanoma Research Foundation and the American Cancer Society for paying his survival forward. He actively promotes skin cancer awareness and sun safety through cartoons, speeches, skin screenings and a 5K race. He even ran the Marine Corps Marathon to raise funds for melanoma research. (He completed the race, raised $13,000 and developed some wicked leg cramps).
Ramsey, his wife Amy, their three sons and precocious dog, Pip, live in Mississippi, the best state for politics, storytellers, sweet tea and raising a family.
IN THE PHOTO: Marshall Ramsey will be the 2016 commencement speaker at Holmes Community College.