“Taulbert’s powerful and encouraging message will surely inspire the Class of 2012 to continue to achieve and excel as they enter their professions,” TCL President Dr. Tom Leitzel said. “Taulbert’s story will resonate with our graduates who, like him, have succeeded through their commitment, hard work and determination.”
Commencement will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 11 at the All Weather Training Facility on Parris Island. TCL will honor more than 300 graduates who will receive associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in arts and sciences, business technologies, health sciences and industrial technologies.
Clifton Taulbert is one of America’s foremost thought-leaders on the “Power of Community” and views community in the workplace as a powerful leadership asset. Taulbert was chosen by CNN at the turn of the millennium to represent one of the voices of ‘Community.’ Taulbert, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Trustee for the University of Tulsa, Okla., has been recognized by Time Magazine as one of the nation’s outstanding Entrepreneurs. Prior to his present role as a highly sought after seminar leader and keynote speaker, Taulbert, in 1989, gained international recognition with the publication of the best-selling memoir, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, which became a major motion picture. In addition to the Pulitzer-nominated Last Train North which followed, Taulbert also authored several nationally recognized picture books for children and the widely acclaimed Eight Habits of the Heart. Taulbert also authored Who Owns the Icehouse?, a powerful and compelling story that draws on the entrepreneurial influence and eight essential life-lessons he gained from his Uncle Cleve, an unlikely entrepreneur in the segregated South. Taulbert then created the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program, an interactive online program that features modern-day examples of those who, like Taulbert’s Uncle Cleve, have triumphed over hardship and adversity by embracing an entrepreneurial mind set. He and his wife Barbara reside in Tulsa. For more information, please visit www.cliftontaulbert.com.
About the Technical College of the Lowcountry:
One of sixteen colleges comprising the South Carolina Technical College System, the Technical College of the Lowcountry traces its origin to the Mather School founded in 1868. TCL is a comprehensive, public, two-year college dedicated to serving the diverse educational needs of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. The College annually serves approximately 10,000 credit and continuing education students, a mix of traditional, non-traditional, full-time and part-time. TCL provides quality, affordable academic and technical programs leading to associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. For more information, visit www.tcl.edu or call 843.525.8211.
The Technical College of the Lowcountry is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all qualified applicants for admissions or employment without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability, or political affiliation or belief.