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Class of 2019


Young Harris College conferred 195 degrees on graduates participating in the College’s Commencement Ceremony on May 11 in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. The College awarded bachelor’s degrees in art, biology, business and public policy, chemistry, communication studies, creative writing, economics, education, English, environmental science, history, interdisciplinary studies, management, mathematics, music, music education, musical theatre, outdoor leadership, psychology, religious studies, Spanish and theatre.

Relive the Memories!

View photos from Commencement.


Dr. Charles R. Clegg Outstanding Scholar Award

Paxton Spessard

Zell B. Miller Leadership Award

Alejandro Lemus-Gomez

Young Harris Spirit Award

Bakari Garvin

Mayra Leyva

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award  

Khalid Johnson

Mary Mildred Sullivan Award 

Leslie Ballew

Click here to find out more about these awards.


Please note: All information was compiled in May 2019.

Many members of the senior class will go on to begin graduate programs and careers, including:

  • Garrett Blake, of Roswell, Georgia, will attend Duke University to pursue a master’s degree in environmental management.
  • Caroline Cox, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, will work with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Stream Survey Team. The Stream Survey Team is a small group of technicians, biologists and seasonal workers who monitor the health of Georgia's wadeable streams by surveying fish communities.
  • Sam Flagg, of Atlanta, Georgia, will attend Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, Alabama, in the fall. Sam is interested in studying many different types of medicine, and he hopes to move back to the Young Harris area after getting his doctorate degree.
  • Bakari Garvin, of College Park, Georgia, will attend the University of Florida to pursue a graduate degree in acting.
  • Alexis Hooper, of Athens, Georgia, plans to move to Atlanta to work for Voya Financial.
  • Alejandro Lemus-Gomez, of Young Harris, Georgia, received the Davies-Jackson Scholarship to study at St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge in England. There have only been 28 recipients of this scholarship between 1990-2018. Lemus-Gomez is the first student from YHC to earn the scholarship and only the third from a college in Georgia.
  • Kristan Lizardi, of Dacula, Georgia, will begin a position as a freelance graphic designer for CNN HLN.
  • Maddie Peek, of Dacula, Georgia, will pursue a master’s degree in non-profit leadership and management at the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work.
  • Whitney West, of Toccoa, Georgia, will attend the University of Georgia's English education program. 


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