2018 Anniversaries Celebrations & Events | Technical College of the LowCountry

2018 Anniversaries Celebrations & Events


2018 Anniversaries LogoHonoring the 150th Anniversary of The Mather School & Celebrating 50 Years of Community College

The Technical College of the Lowcountry proudly shares its mission of education with The Mather School, which opened in 1868 to educate the daughters of freed slaves during Reconstruction. For 100 years, this extraordinary establishment educated and empowered countless individuals. In 1968, the property was given to the state of South Carolina and eventually became TCL, your community college.

These last 50 years have been filled with growth, innovation and advancement for this institution, our students and the Lowcountry. TCL’s talented faculty and staff have welcomed more than 85,000 students from Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and beyond. These diverse and driven students have filled our halls and our hearts, giving us purpose and passion.

Our vision is that we continue to elevate each student and every community we serve. Together, we’ll ensure a thriving community for another 150 years, no matter what.

Onward and Upward,

Richard Gough, TCL President

Special Edition Anniversary Booklet



  • Anniversary Cake Cutting
    11 a.m., Jan. 29, All Campuses
  • President’s State of the College Address
    5:30 p.m., Feb. 8, Bluffton New River Campus
  • Mather presents An Evening of Jazz with the Earl Fleming Trio featuring Marlena Smalls
    7 p.m., Feb. 22, TCL Beaufort Campus | Click here for tickets.
  • Mather History & Education Day
    Feb. 23, TCL Beaufort Campus
  • Mather presents the Sesquicentennial Semi-Formal Gala with the Lavon Stevens Band
    7 p.m., Feb. 23, Beaufort Holiday Inn | Click here for tickets.
  • Mather presents the Sesquicentennial Luncheon Celebration
    Noon, Feb. 24, Beaufort Holiday Inn | Click here for tickets.
  • College Commencement
    6 p.m., May 11, Beaufort Waterfront Park
  • 50th Anniversary Dinner & Gala
    Sept. 20
  • Oysters, BBQ and Friends by the Bay
    October, TCL Beaufort Campus
  • Community Christmas Concert

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