The Center for Cartoon Studies 2022 Commencement Speaker: Trung Le Nguyen


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VERMONT: The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) will hold its 16th commencement ceremony on Saturday May 7, its first in-person commencement ceremony since May 2019. This year’s speaker is Trung Le Nguyen, a Vietnamese-American comic book artist and writer from Minnesota.

Trung was born in a refugee camp somewhere in the Philippine province of Palawan. Trung’s first original graphic novel, The Magic Fish, was published in 2020 through Random House Graphic, an imprint of Penguin Random House and went on to win two Harvey Awards. Trung has also contributed work for DC Comics, Oni Press, Boom! Studios, and Image Comics. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raises three very spoiled hens. He is fond of fairy tales, kids’ cartoons, and rom-coms of all stripes.

The Center for Cartoon Studies’ ceremony will be held in Northern Stage’s The Barrette Center for the Arts.*

A thesis exhibit featuring original work by the graduating class will be on exhibit throughout the month of May in the CCS Gallery in the Colodny Building at 94 South Main Street, open Monday-Friday from noon-4 pm.

More about Trung Le Nguyen can be found at his website:

You can find Trung Le Nguyen on Twitter and Instagram @trungles

*Special note: This event will be held on 5/7 and will be closed to the general public as CCS continues to be vigilant in protecting its student community from COVID. Commencement will mark our first in-person event since COVID restrictions were put into place and will be exclusively for our graduates and their families.


The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) is America’s premier cartooning school and studio located in the historic village of White River Junction, Vermont. CCS programs include a two-year Master of Fine Arts Degree, one- and two-year certificates in cartooning, and workshops. Faculty and visiting artists include many of today’s most celebrated cartoonists. CCS has received national acclaim for its work and prominent mention in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. For more information, visit:


Pages from The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: