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Colleges Accepting Graduates from the Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 applied to more than 250 colleges and universities across the country, and 85% of TMA seniors were accepted to two colleges or more. The College Counseling Department partners with college and universities across the country to give students access to the resources that prepare them for the college application process. In addition to on-site information sessions and workshops hosted by college representatives, the College Counseling Team coordinates several college trips and tours throughout the school year as a way to give students a hands-on experience of campus life.

Below is a full list of colleges and universities accepting the Class of 2016 and a photo gallery from graduation:

Albany State University University of Miami
Albright College Monroe Community College
Allegany College of Maryland Montgomery College
Baldwin Wallace University Morehouse College
Bates College Morgan State University
Bennett College Morris College
Bethune-Cookman University Morthland College
Bryant University Mount St. Mary’s University
Capitol Technology University Norfolk State University
Cedar Crest College North Carolina Central University
Central State University Northern Virginia Community College – Alexandria Campus
Chatham University Ohio University
Claflin University University of Oklahoma
Clark Atlanta University Old Dominion University
University of Colorado at Boulder Pennsylvania State University, York
University of Colorado at Denver University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Colorado State University University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Columbia College Chicago University of Pittsburgh at Titusville
Delaware State University Potomac State College of West Virginia University
Dillard University Prescott College
University of the District of Columbia Radford University
Drexel University University of Rochester
Elon University University of San Diego
Emory University Shaw University
Fairleigh Dickinson University – Metropolitan Campus Shenandoah University
Franklin Pierce University Spelman College
The George Washington University St. John’s University – Queens Campus
Georgia State University State University of New York at Albany
Glenville State College Stevenson University
Hampden-Sydney College Stevenson University (Stevenson University – Owing Mills)
Hampton University Strayer University
Hanover College SUNY Oswego
University of Hartford The University of Tampa
Hawaii Pacific University Temple University
Hofstra University Towson University
Hult International Business School in San Francisco and London Trinity University in Washington, DC
James Madison University Tuskegee University
Johnson & Wales University (Charlotte) University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas
Johnson & Wales University (Providence) Virginia State University
Johnson C. Smith University Virginia Union University
Langston University Virginia University of Lynchburg
Livingstone College Wagner College
Longwood University Wake Forest University
Marshall University Wesleyan University
Mary Baldwin College West Virginia State University
University of Maryland, Eastern Shore West Virginia University
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Wilmington University
Xavier University of Louisiana

TMA Alumnus Talks Sports and Time Management: Malik’s Story

Malik McMillian (TMA ’15) at Barton CollegeIn 2015, Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) graduated its first student with a full athletic scholarship to college. Malik McMillian (TMA ’15) currently plays basketball at Barton College, a division II junior college in Kansas. McMillian, who plans to study engineering when he transfers to a four-year university in 2017, admits that balancing both basketball and academics was challenging his first year.


Class of 2016 Celebrate ‘Living Legend’ Status at Graduation

ThurogoodMarshall_Graduation2016_023On June 10, Thurgood Marshall Academy celebrated seniors’ academic success and applauded their 100% college acceptance rate during the 12th annual graduation ceremony. More than 800 guests, family and friends, and faculty and staff gathered at Matthews Memorial Baptist Church to honor students who were awarded nearly $6 million in scholarships. Collectively, the Class of 2016 applied to more than 250 colleges and universities across the country. After breaking TMA college-related records, the group of 70-plus graduates have proven to be true ‘LIVING LE6ENDS (Living Legends)’, a name chosen by the seniors to represent their class.


The Class of 2016 valedictorian and salutatorian

The day began at the lower level of the church where seniors were steaming their robes, figuring out which side of their caps the tassel belonged, and taking selfies with their favorite teachers and peers. Promptly at 10am, Ms. Stewart, 12th-grade Dean and Director of Student Affairs, assembled the class for the last time, instructing them to line up behind this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, Erica Foster and Daynna Stewart respectively. Erica and Daynna, who are both members of the National Honor Society, led their fellow graduates in the sanctuary. They were greeted with whistles, horns, personalized signs, and a roar of cheers and applause as they filed in two-by-two.

The program began with Mr. Pohlman’s, TMA’s Executive Director, opening remarks followed by candid speeches by Erica and Daynna, and an emotional account from Taylor Middleton (TMA ’12), who gave the Almuni Address and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University. Councilmember LaRuby May, a longtime supporter of TMA, also spoke at this year’s graduation and called the Class of 2016 “The Greatest,” a reference to Muhammed Ali’s legacy. She encouraged parents, mentors, and educators to play a role in ensuring each student remains “great” by holding them accountable and supporting their goals.


A relative of Shawna’ cheers after it’s announced that she received over $1 million in scholarships.

Mr. Mitchell, TMA’s Director of College and Alumni Programming, had the pleasure of acknowledging every student who received a scholarship during the Special Awards Presentation. Shawná Lenoir-Harris, who will attend Elon University in the fall, was awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. Some of her awards include the Beat the Odds scholarship from the Children’s Defense Fund and a slew of private scholarships from organizations that were impressed by her community service efforts, academic excellence, and perseverance to succeed despite the challenges she faced.

ThurogoodMarshall_Graduation2016_049Shawná’s story is like most TMA students who reside in East of the River communities, neighborhoods where the graduation rate is among the lowest in the District. However, TMA graduates continue to perform well academically and go on to graduate college at rates five times higher than their neighborhood peers. In addition to preparing students to succeed in college, TMA also provides students with the resources they need to engage in democratic society and make a difference in the community.

ThurogoodMarshall_Graduation2016_2Jenner and Block, a TMA law-firm partner that helps to reinforce the school’s unique law-theme curriculum, surprised four graduates with a scholarship for $1600. The scholarship was created in memory of a Jenner and Block employee who embodied generosity and who was inspired by individuals who give back to society.

While graduation was the last time that the Class of 2016 will convene as a group, Mr. Pohlman was sure to invite every student back to TMA with hopes that they will share how they are excelling in college and beyond. “No matter what happens after TMA, there will always be a group of teachers and staff who are rooting for you and who will support your endeavors even after graduation,” he reminded them.ThurogoodMarshall_Graduation2016_017

Executive Director Pens Open Letter to Class of 2016


Mr. Pohlman (center) and TMA Board Chair Mr. Shanmugam join Eric, Mr. Pohlman’s mentee, and Class of 2016 valedictorian Erica (far left) and salutatorian Daynna (far right).

Dear Class of 2016,

On behalf of the students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees, I want to congratulate you. On Friday, we celebrated your hard work, dedication to success, commitment to meet and exceed your academic and personal goals, and your biggest achievement yet – graduating high school. You should be very proud.

While your main priority this year has been to get into college, you have also been very busy completing scholarship applications, taking AP and final exams, preparing and presenting your final portfolio, and meeting admissions counselors during college tours.  For this reason, you probably haven’t yet had a chance to reflect on your high school experience. However, I encourage you to consider and applaud the success that brought you to this point – the grades you earned, the impact you made, the relationships you built, and the challenges you overcame. Perhaps most importantly, you should take the time to thank those special people who supported you throughout high school.

These past few years have been quite a journey, and you leave behind your contribution to Thurgood Marshall Academy’s 15-year legacy. Now, greater milestones await you as you move forward in a new season that will broaden your perspectives, shape your career paths, and inspire you to make a difference in your communities. Today, you begin your next chapter filled with new challenges.

Thurgood Marshall’s legacy of education equality impacted the lives of every one of you and the more than 500 alumni who share your story of academic excellence, good citizenship and TMA Warrior pride. Mr. Marshall once said “a man can make what he wants of himself if he truly believes that he must be ready for hard work and many heartbreaks.” I challenge all of you to identify what you want out of life and be prepared to work diligently, even in the face of trials, to reach new levels of success in your endeavors.

Always remember that your commitment to hard work doesn’t end once you have a diploma in hand. All of us at Thurgood Marshall Academy still expect the very best from you in whatever endeavor you explore next. We hope you will return and share all your successes with us, and remember we will always be here to support you on your journey through college and beyond.

Best wishes,


Richard Pohlman,
Executive Director