A major achievement of any college is their alumni. They are the people that left their legacy for the entire world to see, including prospective students who decided on the right school for them. Not only do the alumni show what could happen in the future, but also show how much the school has had an impact on their lives. Who knows what would have happened without that early foot in the door, right?

At Marymount Manhattan College, we have a plethora of notable alumni from just about every major offered. Maybe you haven't heard of some of them, while some are famous beyond belief, but no matter what the case is, they have most definitely made a difference in the world at one time or another – which is what all of us here at MMC aspire to do.


1. Annaleigh Ashford

Degree: Theatre Arts

Annaleigh is a Tony Award-winning actress who has starred on Broadway in shows including (but not limited to) You Can't Take It with You, Wicked, Legally Blonde, Rent, Hair, Sylvia, and Kinky Boots. She has also played small roles in films such as Sex and the City and Frozen. A few of her television credits include Legally Blonde: The Musical, Law & Order, Nurse Jackie, Smash, and Masters of Sex. Annaleigh is scheduled to be in the upcoming live musical production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, alongside fellow MMC alum, Laverne Cox.

2. Melissa Benoist

Degree: Theatre Arts

Melissa got her big break when she was set to appear in the fourth and fifth seasons of the television show Glee as Marley Rose, and she is currently starring as the title character in CBS' Supergirl. She has been in films such as Tennessee, Whiplash, Band of Robbers, and The Longest Ride. Her other television credits include Law & Order, Blue     Bloods, The Good Wife, and Homeland.


3. Cindy Meehl

Degree: Art

Cindy is a documentary filmmaker who's first film, Buck (2011), was very successful at many different film festivals and screenings. She also had a knack for fashion, and she had two labels which were featured in films, television, and in windows of big-name stores. She is now working on a new documentary.

4. Princess Marie of Denmark

Degree: BA in the Arts

Princess Marie has worked as both an assistant to the Estée Lauder public relations manager and an assistant to the managing director of ING Numismatic Group SA. After graduating from MMC, she was employed at DoubleClick Incorporated in New York City (as the international marketing coordinator), and she went back to France to work for another advertising company before going back to the ING       Numismatic Group SA as an executive secretary.


5. Laverne Cox

Degree: Acting

Laverne is best known for her portrayal of Sophia Burset on Orange Is the New Black, the acclaimed Netflix original series. She is an advocate for the LGBTQ community as well as the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the acting category. She is also the first transgender to be featured on the cover of TIME Magazine. Laverne is both a reality television star and a television producer. She has been in many shows, including I Want to Work for Diddy, TRANSform Me, Law & Order, Faking It, and The Mindy Project. She is scheduled to be in the upcoming live musical production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show alongside fellow MMC alum, Annaleigh Ashford.


6. Travis Flores

Degree: Acting

Travis is an activist, motivational speaker, philanthropist, actor, and children's book author. He has written for publications such as Chicken Soup for the Soul, Readers Digest. and The Lemonade Stand. He often speaks to others about his cystic fibrosis, and he donates frequently to both the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Nevertheless, he has worked on Broadway workshops for In Masks Outrageous and Austere.


7. Rose Ann Scamardella

Degree: Sociology

Rose was formerly on WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in NYC as an anchorwoman until leaving in 1983. Since then, she has taught at the Salisbury School in Connecticut, went back to broadcasting on WNYW-TV's Ten O'Clock News, and co-hosted Crossroads Magazine.


8. Emmy Raver-Lampman

Degree: Theatre Arts

Emmy has been in Broadway productions such as Hair, Jekyll & Hyde, and A Night With Janis Joplin. She is currently an ensemble member in the number one hit musical Hamilton, and she understudies for all of the main women in the show. 


9. Moira Kelly

Degree: Acting

Moira is mostly known for her role in the television show One Tree Hill as Karen Roe. She has also starred in The Cutting Edge, The Lion King franchise, and Chaplin, though there are many more listed in her filmography. Some other television credits include The West Wing, To Have & to Hold, Heroes, Law & Order, and Numb3rs.


10. Jenna Ushkowitz

Degree: Theatre Arts

Jenna has been in Broadway shows such as The King and I as well as Spring Awakening. She landed the role of Tina Cohen-Chang on Fox's hit show Glee (seasons one through six) alongside other MMC alum – Melissa Benoist, in later seasons. She wrote a book called Choosing Glee, became the executive producer for Twinsters (documentary), and has recently been cast in the new Captain Underpants film. Jenna enjoys standing up for different causes, and has won a number of different awards for her career.

As you can see, there are many different people that went on to do great things after their time at MMC. With plenty of connections and opportunities at your feet, there is no telling where you'll go after fulfilling your years at MMC.

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