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

Young Harris College conferred 167 degrees on graduates participating in the College's commencement ceremony May 10 in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. The seniors earned degrees in art, biology, business and public policy, communication studies, education, English, history, mathematics, music, music education, musical theatre, outdoor leadership, psychology, religious studies and theatre.

YHC President Cathy Cox presented Yearwood with an honorary doctor of music degree. One of the highest-selling female artists in country music history, Yearwood broke onto the Nashville music scene in 1991. She has recorded 12 albums and has had nine No. 1 songs and 20 top 10 hits. She has won three Grammy Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, an American Music Award and a Pollstar Industry Award for touring.

Relive the Memories!

A DVD recording of the 2014 Baccalaureate Service and Commencement ceremony is available for $15. The DVDs can be purchased online at The DVDs will be mailed approximately six weeks after the event.

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 Jim 'N Nick's BBQ preceded the 2014 service.

Baccalaureate Service

Graduates earning a baccalaureate degree and their families were invited to the Baccalaureate Service in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building. At the service, students received their stoles that were worn with academic regalia at commencement. Students had the opportunity to choose who presented the stole to them.

Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement ceremony began at 11 a.m. Students assembled in front of the Recreation and Fitness Center for a photo at 10 a.m. Lineup began 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 in the Lion's Den on the first 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.