The Technical College of the Lowcountry is pleased to announce Major General Abraham J. Turner, retired career U.S. Army officer and former S.C. Executive Director of the Department of Employment and Workforce, will deliver the 2013 Commencement address.
Commencement will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, May 10 at the All Weather Training Facility on Parris Island. TCL will honor more than 330 graduates receiving associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in arts and sciences, business technologies, health sciences and industrial technologies.
Major General Abraham J. Turner is a retired career officer in the United States Army. Turner was born and raised in the Phillips Community near Mount Pleasant, S.C. After graduating high school, he enrolled at South Carolina State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Music. He later earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, Pa. In 1976, he accepted a commission into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. Turner held numerous positions throughout his Army career and has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels. Turner commanded the nation’s largest initial entry training post, Fort Jackson in South Carolina, where an average of more than 40,000 soldiers per year are trained for the Army. Upon retiring from the Army, Turner went on to serve as Executive Director of the Department of Employment and Workforce in South Carolina until February 2013. He is presently leading South Carolina State University’s efforts to establish a Veterans Service Center of Excellence. He and his wife Linda have three children.
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.