Hartsville, SC ─ One hundred thirty-seven students graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville. The ceremony was GSSM’s 30th commencement and was the culmination of a year-long celebration of the School’s 30th anniversary.
Dr. Arthur Lupia, head of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, delivered the commencement address. Through stories of his work as a graduate student on the team equipping the International Space Station, Lupia reminded the Class of 2019 that science is a service, but it is hard work and takes perseverance and teamwork. “Thank you for your interest in science,” Lupia told the graduates, “and welcome to NSF’s worldwide science team!”
The 137 students who comprise the GSSM Class of 2019 hail from 32 different South Carolina counties and 81 high schools. Graduates will attend a variety of public and private colleges and universities across the country, including Agnes Scott College, Amherst College, Appalachian State University, Berry College, Clark University, College of William & Mary, Colorado College, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Florida State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, Lipscomb University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northern Michigan University, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Queen’s University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Saint Louis University, Tufts University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of California – Berkeley, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, University of Miami, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, University of Toronto, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Wake Forest University.
Sixty-three 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, Converse College, Francis Marion University, Furman University, Presbyterian College, University of South Carolina, and Wofford College.
This year’s graduates include recipients of large institutional merit-based scholarships, including a USC Carolina Scholar, USC Stamps Scholar, College of Charleston Colonial Scholar, Hollingsworth Scholar at Furman University, Meyerhoff Scholar at University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Ronald A. Hammond Scholar at the University of Miami. In total, the Class of 2019 received $8.6 million in scholarship offers.
“By all measures, this has been an outstanding year at GSSM, and the 30th anniversary Class of 2019 exemplifies the very best of GSSM's values and aspirations,” says Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM President.