SC Governor’s School to hold 31st Commencement Ceremony at Darlington Raceway

Who: 126 GSSM seniors and their families will be attending.

What: GSSM will be hosting an innovative, historic, and unforgettable commencement ceremony at the Darlington Raceway amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This graduation ceremony will enable GSSM to follow all safety precautions and practice social distancing while still allowing graduates to walk across the stage. Graduates will arrive and remain in their vehicles until it is time to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. After their walk, graduates will be able to take a “victory lap” around the racetrack in their vehicle.

When: Saturday, May 30th, 11:00 AM

Where: Darlington Raceway, 1301 Harry Byrd Hwy, Darlington, SC 29532

Contact: Kiersten Cole, Marketing and Communications Manager,
(843) 250-1156 |

Photos: Kiersten Cole, will be available for interviews from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please contact Kiersten Cole to make interview arrangements. Photo opportunities will be available throughout the entire event.

About: GSSM is extraordinarily proud of our seniors. They have distinguished themselves throughout their academic careers and are about to join a strong and elite group of scholars who have earned a GSSM diploma. GSSM is committed to celebrating this achievement appropriately, safely, and in a fashion that lives up to GSSM’s high standards.

GSSM’s 31st Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Darlington Raceway. This location allows everyone to meet in a safe, historic, and unique environment. It allows each student to walk and receive their diploma and recognition.

This is an extraordinary time in the history of our school and our world. Creativity and excellence are hallmarks of GSSM’s history, and we are sure that we will live up to that legacy as we honor the GSSM Class of 2020.

The 126 students who comprise the GSSM Class of 2020 hail from 31 different South Carolina counties and 66 high schools. Graduates will attend a variety of public and private colleges and universities across the country, including Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, College of William & Mary, Colorado School of Mines, Davidson College, DePaul University, Duke University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach, Emory University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, New York University, Northeastern University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Scripps College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Stanford University, The University of Arizona, Tulane University of Louisiana, United States Naval Academy, University of Alabama in Huntsville, University of California-Berkeley, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Kentucky, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, University of Notre Dame, University of Oregon, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest University, Washington and Lee University, and Yale University.

This year’s graduates include recipients of large institutional merit-based scholarships, including a USC Carolina Scholar, College of Charleston Colonial Scholar, Gates Scholarship, Hollingsworth Scholar at Furman University, and Johnson Scholarship at Washington & Lee University. In total the Class of 2020 received more than $12 million dollars in scholarship offers.

Author: Stephan Drew

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