TCL honors 20 nursing graduates

Published on May 1, 2023

Pictured are May 2023 Associate Degree in Nursing graduates from left to right: Jessica Leaky, Kennedy Farrell, Blaine Alexander, Amber Aycock, Dean Smith, Becca Simonsen, Aureona Palmer, Mickayla Daise, Crystal Gill, Sabrina Holmes, Haleigh Dorch, Charlene Boggs, Julia Lingwall, Amanda Walrad, Brooke White, Madeline Hitchens, Jenny Schuman, Ally Brannon, Laura Lewis. Not pictured: Sandra Yuen.

The Technical College of the Lowcountry recognized 20 associate degree nursing (ADN) graduates during its April 28 pinning ceremony at the Beaufort Mather Campus.

During the ceremony, graduates received their pins and lamps, a nod to Florence Nightingale who carried a lamp to light her path as she cared for the sick and dying soldiers during the Crimean War.

TCL’s two-year ADN program prepares graduates to practice as registered nurses. Students experience on-campus learning using high-tech simulation equipment and receive intense additional hands-on practice at clinical sites throughout Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties.

In fact, the overwhelming majority of graduates then go on to work in many of those same clinical sites right here in the Lowcountry, said nursing instructor Ashley Turbeville.

“Our graduates are entering the workforce to fill much-needed critical nursing positions,” she said. “While we will see many of them working in traditional hospital settings, we will also see our graduates exploring employment opportunities in various outpatient roles.”

Regardless of where they go to work, TCL nurses are dedicated and “passionate about improving access to healthcare,” Turbeville said.

The graduates are:

  • Blaine Alexander
  • Amber Aycock
  • Charlene Boggs
  • Ally Brannon
  • Mickayla Daise
  • Haleigh Dorch
  • Kennedy Farrell
  • Crystal Gill
  • Madeline Hitchens
  • Sabrina Holmes
  • Jessica Leakey
  • Laura Lewis
  • Julia Lingwall
  • Aureona Palmer
  • Jenny Schumann
  • Rebecca Simonsen
  • Dean Smith
  • Amanda Walrad
  • Brooke White
  • Sandra Yuen

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About TCL

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is the region’s primary provider of higher education and workforce training. The public, two-year community college serves approximately 5,000 students annually. TCL has campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hampton and serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Its newest campus, the Culinary Institute of the South, opened in November 2021 in Bluffton’s Buckwalter Place. For more information visit


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