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Commencement 2016 - May 7

Watch Online!

For those friends and family members who are unable to attend, Young Harris College will stream live the 2016 Commencement. The video can also be accessed in May directly on the YHC website by visiting yhc.edu/commencement2016.

Commencement Weekend Events

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 at sunset. A 6 p.m. picnic catered by Jim's Smokin Que will precede 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
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.
SENIORS! Sign up for Vespers and Baccalaureate here.

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.

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.