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Graduation Class Profiles

Class of 2016

Young Harris College conferred 187 degrees on graduates participating in the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 7 in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. The College awarded bachelor’s degrees in art, biology, business and public policy, chemistry, communication studies, education, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, mathematics, music, music education, outdoor leadership, psychology, religious studies, Spanish, and theatre.

Relive the Memories!

Watch Henry "Hank" Aaron's inspirational Commencement address.
Watch the full video of the Commencement ceremony.


Learn more about the Class of 2016 by clicking on the infographic below!



Dr. Charles R. Clegg Outstanding Scholar Award
Erik Hallin
Matthew Heard 
Tim Mohlin-Torringer
Daniel Johnson 
Jaquelin Solis 
Zach Wagoner 

Zell B. Miller Leadership Award
Zachary Champion

Young Harris Spirit Award
Breann Lindsey
Shaw Carter

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award  
Wade Orr

Mary Mildred Sullivan Award 
Irenee Payne

Click here to find out more about these awards.



Please note: All information was compiled in May 2016.

Many members of the senior class will go on to begin graduate programs and careers, including:

  • ¬†¬†Jacob Bennett¬†of Ellijay, Ga., who was accepted into the University of Leeds‚Äô Master of Arts in Art Gallery and Museum Studies program in the United Kingdom.
  • ¬†¬†Shaw Carter¬†of Gainesville, Ga., who was accepted into the University of Georgia‚Äôs Master of Public Administration program.
  • ¬†¬†Leah Cheshier¬†of Bremen, Ga., who received a paid communications internship at NASA‚Äôs Johnson Space Center.
  • ¬†¬†LaDareon Copeland¬†of Warner Robins, Ga., who was awarded a First Stage Teaching Artist Fellowship in Milwaukee, Wis.
  • ¬†¬†Georgia Googer¬†of Cumming, Ga., who was accepted into the University of Vermont‚Äôs Master of Arts in English program.
  • ¬†¬†Erik Hallin¬†of Hagsfor, Sweden, who accepted an assistant financial advisor position at Handelsbanken, an investment service company in Sweden.
  • ¬†¬†Christian Hambrick¬†of LaFayette, Ga., who was accepted into the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy.
  • ¬†¬†Jared Lee¬†of Lula, Ga., who was accepted into Mercer University‚Äôs Walter F. George School of Law.
  • ¬†¬†Breann Lindsey¬†of Lindale, Ga., who was accepted into Wheaton College‚Äôs Master of Arts in Christian Formation and Ministry Outdoor Leadership and Adventure program.
  • ¬†¬†Stephanie Mills¬†of Bainbridge, Ga., who received a paid internship for the Disney College Program.
  • ¬† Stephanie Mimbs¬†of Loganville, Ga., who was accepted into the University of Tennessee‚Äôs Higher Education Administration doctoral program.
  • ¬†¬†Wade Orr¬†of Bishop, Ga., who was accepted into Georgia State University‚Äôs Master of Global Hospitality Management program.
  • ¬†¬†Matthew Robinson¬†of Watkinsville, Ga., who accepted a building ministry coordinator position at the Hinton Rural Life Center.
  • ¬†¬†Courtney Sanders¬†of Murphy, N.C., who accepted a mathematics teaching position at West Fannin Elementary.
  • ¬†¬†Aaron Smithson¬†of Suwanne, Ga., who will attend the Savanah College of Art and Design to obtain a masters of fine arts in film and television.
  • ¬†¬†Jaquelin Solis¬†of Tucker, Ga., who was accepted into a medical pathway program at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • ¬†¬†Jonas Sturesson¬†of Kalmar, Sweden, who accepted a financial assistant position at Jacobi Carbons company.
  • ¬†¬†Courtland Walters¬†of Stockbridge, Ga., who was awarded a graduate assistantship at Eastern Illinois University, where he will pursue a Masters of Arts in music.
  • ¬†¬†Reed Wilkinson¬†of Roswell, Ga., who was accepted into Mercer University‚Äôs Walter F. George School of Law.
  • ¬†¬†Grace Williamson¬†of Athens, Ga., who was accepted into Boston College‚Äôs Master of Arts Higher Education Administration program.


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