One hundred twenty-one students graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the DeLoach Center in Hartsville.
The 121 students that comprise the GSSM Class of 2016 hail from 26 different South Carolina counties and 70 high schools. Graduates will go on to attend a variety of universities across the country including Yale University, Duke University, the College of William and Mary, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Texas at Austin, Fordham University and the American University of Paris. Nearly 70% of the graduates elected to remain in state to pursue undergraduate degrees. In total, the Class of 2016 received $21.3 million in scholarship offers.
“Our GSSM graduates are the best among the best and brightest in South Carolina and we have high hopes about their future roles as leaders in this state,” said Dr. Hector Flores, GSSM president.
GSSM, recently named one of the Top-Performing U.S. Schools with Elite Students by The Washington Post, specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as an emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship. 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.