Denmark Technical College Announces Commencement Speaker

Senator Margie Bright Matthews

DENMARK — The Honorable Senator Margie Bright Matthews, Esq. will deliver the 2016 Denmark Technical College’s (DTC) Commencement address at 1 p.m. on May 7 in the William L. McDuffie Student Services Center. Over two hundred students will be graduating this year from the assorted 30 associate degrees, diploma, and certificate programs that DTC offers. The event is open to the community and the public is invited to attend.

As an advocate for the voiceless, Senator Bright Matthews is an exceptional role model not only for the class of 2016, but also for our community,” said Dr. Leonard A McIntyre, president of DTC. “The knowledge she can impart to our students is enormous, we are honored to have her as our 2016 Commencement speaker.”

Senator Bright Matthews has her own law firm representing people in the Low-Country in personal injury, wrongful death, workers' compensation and criminal defense cases. The Bright Matthews Law Firm, LLC concentrates its practice to better serve the needs of the Low-Country. In addition to these areas of practice, Senator Bright. Matthews is a certified Circuit Court Mediator and has been certified by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Senator Bright Matthews served as president of the Colleton County Bar Association from 2007-2015; a former member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Bar Association; a former member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice, a State Delegate to the America Association for Justice, a member of the SC Women Lawyers Association and a member Walterboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Senator Bright Matthews active involvement extends beyond her professional associations. She has served as a member of the SC Commission on Indigent Defense, SC Reinsurance Facility, Colleton County Resource and Development Board, Walterboro Rotary Club, Sea Island Comprehensive Health Care Board and Public Defender Corporation, and the Low-Country Community Action Agency Policy Council.

Senator Bright Matthews serves District 45 representing Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties in the South Carolina Senate.

Denmark Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Denmark Technical College does not discriminate in any respect against a student, or applicant for admission as a student, based on race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, or disability. For more information call 803-793-5176 or go to

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