Watch Henry "Hank" Aaron's inspiring address to the Class of 2016.

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Commencement 2017 - May 6

Commencement Weekend Events

Thursday, May 4: Picnic and Vespers 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 Vespers Service and picnic at sunset. 
Students are encouraged to participate in the seven-mile hike to Bald Mountain prior to the service, which departs at 2:30 p.m. A carpool to the mountain will leave at 5:30 p.m. and the meal and Vespers worship will take place at 6:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided for hikers back to campus.
Friday, May 5: Commencement Practice and Baccalaureate Service
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 the Recreation and Fitness Center at 5:30 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.
Saturday: May 6: 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 at 10:30 a.m. outside the Recreation and Fitness Center. For those friends and family members who are unable to attend, YHC will stream live in HD the 2017 Commencement. The video stream will be activated at approximately 11 a.m. when Commencement begins. Visit to view the live stream.
WNBA President Lisa Borders will be the 2017 Commencement speaker. Read more here

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 were not handed out during the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas will not be mailed. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

Replacement Diploma Request

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

Cap and Gown Order

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

Relive the Memories from Commencement 2016!

For those friends and family members who are unable to attend, Young Harris College streamed live the 2016 Commencement. The video can also be accessed by visiting

Photos taken during the ceremony by LifeTouch Photography are available for purchase by clicking here

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.

Learn more about the Class of 2016.

Baseball legend Henry “Hank” Aaron delivered the Commencement address to graduates, sharing with them an important message of determination and values. YHC President Cathy Cox presented Mr. Aaron with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. 

Click here to watch Mr. Aaron's inspirational address. 

The Young Harris College Medallion, the highest honor bestowed by YHC to alumni and friends who have made extraordinary contributions, was awarded to William F. “Bill” Roberts, ’52, of Fayetteville, Ga. 

Read more highlights from Commencement 2016.