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The 2014 graduates lined up on the steps in front of the Recreation and Fitness Center for a class photograph

Congratulations to the class of 2015!

Young Harris College conferred 156 degrees on graduates participating in the College’s commencement ceremony on May 9 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, mathematics, music, music education, musical theatre, outdoor leadership, psychology, religious studies, and theatre.

Political strategist and public servant James Carville delivered the Commencement address to graduates, sharing with them a humorous and inspiring message about the importance of refusing to give up in the face of failure. 

Young Harris College President Cathy Cox presented Carville with an honorary doctor of public service degree. The Young Harris College Medallion, the highest honor bestowed by YHC to alumni and friends who have made extraordinary contributions, was awarded to Gainesville's Mrs. Lillie Mae Green. An extraordinary community citizen and friend of Young Harris College, Mrs. Green—along with her late husband, Frank, and late son, Ronnie, ’65—created an inspiring legacy of ethical business practices, exceptional customer service, wise financial savings, and a lifetime dedicated to hard work.

Watch Online!

For those friends and family members who were unable to attend, Young Harris College streamed live the 2015 Commencement. This video can be accessed directly on the YHC website by visiting

Commencement Weekend Events

Picnic and Vesper's Service at Brasstown Bald

One of the key moments during the commencement weekend is the annual trek to the top of Brasstown Bald Mountain where all graduates, their families and College personnel gather for the Vesper's Service at sunset. A 6 p.m. picnic catered by Moe's Southwest Grill will percede the service.

Students are encouraged to participate in the seven-mile hike to Bald Mountain prior to the service, which departs at 2:30 p.m. from behind Appleby Center Residence Hall.

Commencement Practice and Baccalaureate Service
Practice for the Baccalaureate Service will begin at 9 a.m. in front of the Clegg Fine Arts Building. Commencement practice will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. Students will be lined up according to degree in alphabetical order.
Graduates earning a baccalaureate degree and their families are invited to the Baccalaureate Service in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building at 7 p.m. At this service, students will receive their stole that will be worn with academic regalia at commencement. Students will have the opportunity to choose who presents the stole to them. Attire is academic regalia.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Students will assemble in front of the Recreation and Fitness Center for a photo at 10 a.m. Lineup will begin in Multipurpose Room B at 10:30 a.m.

Final Transcript

Students must request a final transcript in writing to be sent at the end of the semester. Transcript request forms can be found in the Office of the Registrar. Transcripts will not be released until all student accounts and fees have been paid.

Application for Graduation

Students must file an Application for Graduation form with the Office of the Registrar. This form is available on YHC Connect


Diplomas will not be handed out during the Commencement ceremony. Students can pick up diplomas after the ceremony on the second floor of the Recreation and Fitness Center. Please have your YHC ID card with you when picking up your diploma. Diplomas will not be mailed.

Cap and Gown Order

Graduates are responsible for ordering cap and gown online. Students may also order announcements and other items through this website.

Replacement Diploma Request

Any alumni wishing to replace a diploma must fill out a request form. The diploma repalcement fee is $40.

Experience Commencement 2014 Again!

Click here to view photos of the 2014 Commencement ceremony, Baccalaureate Service and Vespers Service.