U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to Deliver Commencement Address

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson to Deliver Commencement Address at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – United States Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., will deliver the commencement address at Young Harris College’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center on the YHC campus.

Isakson began his business career in 1967 when he opened the first Cobb County office of a small, family-owned real estate business, Northside Realty. He later served as president of Northside for 20 years, presiding over the company’s growth into the largest independent residential real estate brokerage company in the Southeast and one of the largest in America.

Isakson entered politics in 1974 and served 17 years in the Georgia Legislature and two years as chairman of the Georgia Board of Education. In 1999, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the first of three terms before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. He was re-elected to the Senate in 2010.

The Senate leadership named Isakson to serve on five committees that have jurisdiction over education, healthcare, transportation, foreign policy, veterans’ affairs and employment issues.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Isakson served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972. He currently resides in Marietta with his wife, Dianne. They have three children and nine grandchildren.

Approximately 133 students are scheduled to participate in the graduation ceremony. Of those, 91 will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology, business and public policy, communication studies, English, history, music, musical theatre, outdoor leadership or theatre.

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar at (706) 379-5125.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu