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Emmy and Grammy Award-Winning Artist and YHC Alumna Trisha Yearwood, ’84, to Deliver Commencement Address

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
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Emmy and Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Young Harris College Alumna Trisha Yearwood, ’84, to Deliver Commencement Address

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College alumna, Trisha Yearwood,’84,  will deliver the address at YHC’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center on the YHC campus. The Grammy Award-winning singer is also a New York Times best-selling cookbook author and host of the Emmy Award-winning Food Network show, “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Trisha back to the College as this year’s speaker,” said YHC President Cathy Cox. “She is an extraordinary example of what can be accomplished with the foundation of a YHC education, and I know our graduates will benefit from hearing from her on this special day.”
While at YHC, Yearwood participated in musical ensembles, chorus, plays and operettas. She and her sister, fellow YHC alumna Beth Yearwood Bernard, ’81, of Tifton, Ga., were both members of the Dorcas Society and each served as president of the Sigma Beta Sigma sorority.
“I love the campus community, the feeling and bond you have. I don’t think you get that at every school,” Yearwood said. “YHC is that for me. When you meet someone who went there—you just get it.”
After graduating from YHC with an associate of science in business, Yearwood earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. 
One of the highest-selling female artists in country music history, Yearwood rose to fame in 1991 with her debut single, “She's in Love with the Boy,” which became her first No. 1 single.
Since breaking onto the Nashville music scene in 1991, Yearwood has recorded 12 albums, has had nine No. 1 songs and 20 top 10 hits. She has sold more than 12.5 million albums worldwide and 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. 
Yearwood has also released two cookbooks that both debuted on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Each book is a collaboration with her sister and late mother, Gwen, are full of family anecdotes, recipes and photos.
Yearwood currently hosts “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” on Food Network. The Emmy Award-winning program features the real people and occasions in Trisha’s life that are important to her. A recent episode of the show featured Yearwood reminiscing with her classmates and closest friends from YHC. 
“I’m so glad I chose Young Harris. My best friends today are girlfriends that I met at YHC,” said Yearwood. “We try to see each other once a year. I think that says something about the school.”
Yearwood currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband, Garth Brooks.
Approximately 166 students are scheduled to participate in the graduation ceremony, receiving 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, Spanish or theatre.
For more information, contact the YHC Office of the Registrar at (706) 379-5176 or visit

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. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit