Hartsville, SC ─ One hundred twenty students graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville. Ms. Pamela Lawrence, a leading Wall Street investment manager and entrepreneur, delivered the commencement address. Lawrence advised the graduates not to be afraid of taking risks or of failure, saying, “Winners are people who never quit, not people who never fail.”
The 120 students who comprise the GSSM Class of 2018 hail from 34 different South Carolina counties and 76 high schools. Graduates will attend a variety of public and private colleges and universities across the country, including Agnes Scott College, Brown University, Davidson College, MIT, Princeton, Reed College, Rice University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, US Naval Academy, University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, Wellesley College, and Yale University.
Nearly 70 percent of the graduates will remain in state to pursue undergraduate degrees, enrolling in the following SC institutions: Anderson University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Furman University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, and Wofford College.
In total, the Class of 2018 received $14.6 million in scholarship offers.
“Our wonderful students continue to do wonderful things, and we are proud of the hope and bright future they represent for our State,” says Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM President.
For nearly 30 years, GSSM has been a top-ranked residential high school, specializing in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). GSSM also offers an emphasis on economics and a solid core of humanities courses. A statewide, public, residential high school for juniors and seniors located in Hartsville, SC, GSSM offers over 50 STEM courses annually, including neuroscience, advanced genetics, calculus-based physics, differential equations and robotics.
Founded in 1988 as a model for advanced STEM education in South Carolina, GSSM is a nationally recognized school serving about four hundred of the state's most accomplished scholars in the 10th through 12th grades through its residential and virtual programs. The school offers uniquely advanced courses in science, mathematics, and engineering at its campus in Hartsville and virtually to partner school districts across the state. Learn more by visiting www.scgssm.org.