Ryan Keith Ezelle of Union MS 39365 was accorded the honor of serving as Class Marshal for the College of Liberal Arts during spring commencement ceremonies at the University of Mississippi. He was chosen by his academic dean.

Ezelle graduated with bachelor's degrees in international studies and Spanish, with a minor in English. He was a student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and Croft Institute for International Studies.

His Ole Miss accomplishments include membership in Phi Kappa Phi, UM's highest academic honor across all disciplines, and in Phi Beta Kappa, UM's highest academic honor in the liberal arts, and he received a Taylor Medal, UM's highest academic award. He won the Gerald M. Abdalla Prize for International Studies and the Estella G. Hefley Award for achievement in Spanish.

He served as a senator in the Associated Student Body and student director of the Honors College. A member of the Model United Nations Team, he served as coordinator of the Croft Ambassadors and as a tutor in the University Writing Center. With University funding last summer, he interned as a teacher and mentor in the Mississippi Delta with the Sunflower County Freedom Project.

He plans to spend next year either in the Dominican Republic as a Fulbright Scholar or in New Mexico with the Teach for America program, depending on his acceptance to the former. His long-term plans are to pursue a law degree and work as an immigration lawyer.

A graduate of Union High School, he is the son of Joey Keith and Susan Wall Ezelle of Union.