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May 28, 2020


Hartsville, S.C. School to Hold Graduation Ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the Track Too Tough To Tame

DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 28, 2020)After successfully restarting the 2020 NASCAR racing season, Darlington Raceway is shifting gears to host another important event – a high school graduation ceremony.

On Saturday, May 30, at 11 a.m., the track will serve as a backdrop for graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM). The school, located in Hartsville, S.C., will feature over 120 senior graduates as part of its 2020 class.

“We’re pleased to host the graduation ceremonies for the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics,” said Darlington President Kerry Tharp. “It’s important for graduating seniors to receive the proper recognition and send off before they enter the world and we’re honored that we can assist with that.”

“This has been a very unique and challenging school year for our students due to the global pandemic,” said Dr. Ershela Sims, GSSM Interim President. “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 with such a memorable graduation ceremony.”

The graduation will be held in the ADA parking lot on track property with all parents and participants staying in their personal vehicles and social distancing during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, graduates will receive an opportunity to take a lap around the track and get their picture taken in their vehicles on the start/finish line.

Darlington Raceway 2020 Season

Darlington’s award-winning throwback weekend returns to celebrate “NASCAR’s Champions…Past, Present and Future” and “New Traditions…First Race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs” on Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-6. The 71st running of the famed Southern 500® will lead off the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs for the first time on Sunday, Sept. 6. The Sports Clips Haircuts VFW 200 NASCAR Xfinity Series race will continue their race to the conclusion of their regular season on Saturday, Sept. 5.

NASCAR tickets are available for purchase via phone at 866-459-7223 or online at darlingtonraceway.com.

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About South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

One of the few specialized public residential high schools of its kind, the South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) exists to push motivated students beyond their perceived levels of academic ability. Founded in 1988 under the leadership of the late Governor Carroll Campbell, GSSM has consistently raised the bar for STEM education in the Palmetto State. GSSM's two-year residential high school program--as well as its virtual high school program, summer camps, and outreach programs--all invite young people to explore the subjects they love in an uncommonly supportive academic environment. Here, challenge is viewed as a gateway to opportunity. GSSM students embrace the school's rigorous approach to education and in so doing begin to realize their full potential.