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Class of 2015

Young Harris College conferred 156 degrees on graduates participating in the College's Commencement ceremony on May 9 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. Read on to find out more about outstanding students from the Class of 2015.


156 graduates
53 Bachelor of Arts graduates (art, communication studies, English, history, music, musical
 theatre, religious studies, theatre)
Bachelor of Music Education graduates
100 Bachelor of Science graduates (biology, business and public policy, chemistry, education,
 mathematics, outdoor leadership, psychology)
18 Honor’s Program graduates
19 students who graduated Summa Cum Laude


Commencement Awards

Dr. Charles R. Clegg Outstanding Scholar Award
Mary Calderon
Seth Hulsey
Jordan Moss
Grace Patterson
Sydnee Weaver
Lisette Olavarria

Zell B. Miller Leadership Award
Kaycee Cash

Young Harris Spirit Award
Ptah Garvin

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award  
Brian Montgomery

Mary Mildred Sullivan Award 
Mary Calderon

Click here to find out more about these awards.

Honors Ceremony Awards

Joseph Wilson Boone ’31 History Award 
Beckie Payne
Jebson Seth Merritt

Luke Rushton ’42 Scholar Athlete Award 
Sydnee Weaver

Outstanding Biology Student Award 
Mary Calderon
Jordan Moss
Lisset Olavarria
Sydnee Weaver

Outstanding Graduate in Business and Public Policy Award 
Karlie Pritchett

Outstanding Senior in English Award 
Abby Larson

Outstanding Paper in an Upper Division English Course Award
Georgia Googer


Please note: All bios were written in May 2015.

  • Brian Montgomery, of Powder Springs, Ga., will serve as a V.I.P. Ambassador for the Atlanta Braves.
  • Andrea Simmondsof Suches, Ga., was accepted into Wake Forest University’s Master of Divinity program.
  • Kristen Dippold, of Thebes, Ga., will intern at Voyager Outward Bound, the premier provider of experience-based outdoor leadership programs across the U.S.
  • Patrick Young, of Dawsonville, Ga., was accepted to the University of Georgia’s master's in Tuba Performance program.
  • Ashley Davenport, of Newnan, Ga., was accepted into the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Cory Helton, of Suches, Ga., was accepted in Mercer University Medical School.
  • Jebson Merritt, of Blairsville, Ga., will be attending Louisiana State University Law School.
  • Beckie Payne, of Blairsville, Ga., was accepted into North Georgia College’s Masters of Teaching Program.
  • Harrison Myers, of Byron, Ga., was accepted to the University of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Program in Forestry.
  • Stephanie Nichols, of Douglasville, Ga., received a stage management internship at Aurora Theatre.
  • Hana Kudela, of Moultrie, Ga., was accepted into the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Kaycee Cash, of Woodstock, Ga., was accepted into the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.