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White House Budget Director to Address GSSM Graduating Class of 2017

May 10, 2017

Hartsville, SC – The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that the Honorable John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney, recently appointed director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, will deliver GSSM’s 28th Commencement address at the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, on Saturday, May 27, 2017. 

“As we celebrate the considerable achievements of GSSM’s Class of 2017, we look forward to welcoming a public servant and national leader who is actively engaged in some of today’s most important issues,” said Dr. Hector Flores, president of GSSM. “It is a fascinating time to hear from someone involved in the national dialog and it is an exciting way to launch our graduates into their collegiate pursuits.” 

A 1989 graduate of Georgetown University, Mulvaney earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 and began his career in public service as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2006. Since then, he has served in the South Carolina State Senate, and the United State House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget on February 16, 2017. Mulvaney, his wife Pamela, and their three children are from Indian Land, SC. Two of his children have attended GSSM.

Although GSSM’s commencements are open only to students, faculty, and invited guests, a video of Mulvaney’s address will be available on the website soon after the conclusion of the ceremony.

About GSSM

Founded in 1988 as a model for advanced STEM education in South Carolina, GSSM serves nearly four hundred of the state’s most promising scholars in the 10th through 12th grades through its nationally recognized residential and virtual programs. The school offers the most advanced courses in science, mathematics and engineering at its campus in Hartsville and virtually to participating school districts across the state. GSSM’s Outreach and teacher development programs serve thousands of students in schools throughout South Carolina each year. Learn more by visiting

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