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TMA Executive Director Pens Open Letter to Graduates

IMG_5438Dear Class of 2015,

On behalf of the entire Thurgood Marshall Academy community – the students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees – I congratulate you. You should be very proud of your hard work, academic progress, dedication to success, and your biggest achievement yet – high school graduation.

Today, take a moment to reflect on the grades you earned, the impact you made, the relationships you built, and the obstacles you faced along the way. Simply put – you are all shining stars. In order to keep your light shining bright, move boldly toward your future and work to achieve even greater milestones that lie ahead.

Lately, you all have been tackling the tasks of graduating seniors – college applications, AP testing, portfolio presentations, and class finals. Since your freshmen year, you have traveled quite a journey to get to this very point. You leave behind your contribution to Thurgood Marshall Academy’s legacy. It is bittersweet. But you are not alone.

I, too, just like you, am embarking on a new phase. As many of you know, this is my last year at Thurgood Marshall Academy. This graduation gives me a humbling opportunity to witness Thurgood Marshall Academy’s tradition of academic achievements through every one of you. As you walk across the stage and bask in warm congratulations from loved ones, I am confident that you will gracefully transition into a new beginning because of the support that you received from Thurgood Marshall Academy.

There is not one Thurgood Marshall Academy staff member who does not believe in you and your ability to change lives and inspire future generations. However, your commitment to your community does not end when you have a diploma in hand. Because Thurgood Marshall Academy has prepared you for college and to actively engage in our democratic society, you can expect doors of opportunity to open wide. But, it will be up to you to walk through the door.

You will go on to join a dedicated group of alumni, all of whom share your story of academic excellence, good citizenship, and Warrior pride.

Best wishes and continued success in the journey ahead,

Alexandra Pardo, Ed.D
Executive Director