Young Harris College plans to hold in-person, indoor Commencement ceremonies for the undergraduate class of 2020 on Saturday, May 1, for the undergraduate class of 2021 on Saturday, May 8 and for the MAT classes of 2020 and 2021 on Friday, May 7. Each graduating student will be permitted to invite up to four in-person guests to the ceremony.
Former Young Harris College Chief of Police Kenneth “Ode” Henderson has been elected Towns County Sheriff after 38 years at Young Harris College.
On Nov. 13, 2020, Young Harris College’s Board of Trustees elected Jason Norton, ’02, as a trustee.
Young Harris College recently established the Ja’lessa Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Ja’lessa Morris, a 2011 YHC graduate who passed away Oct. 24, 2020. After graduating from YHC, she earned a master’s degree at the University of West Georgia before moving to Guilford College in North Carolina. At Guilford, Morris served as a residential education and housing community director, and more recently, as a career guide.
Young Harris College Chair of Communication Studies and Associate Professor Dr. Chris Richardson recently published his fourth book, “Batman and the Joker: Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture.”
Young Harris College recently received a gift from long-time donor Ethel Winters of Hiawassee, Georgia, as a contribution to the Edward W. Winters Scholarship, which was established in honor of her late husband to benefit the College’s Bob & Carol Head Local Scholarship Campaign.
Young Harris College invites the community to attend a modified version of the College’s annual Fall Fest on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m.
On Nov. 1, 2020, Young Harris College will welcome Andra Brantley to serve as the director of admissions. In this role, Brantley will work with the admissions team to implement new strategies to grow and further develop enrollment.
Young Harris College, its Board of Trustees and its Committee on Renaming do not in any way condone the act of slavery. Regarding the name of the College, after an in-depth review of historical documents about Young L.G. Harris’s life, as well as numerous discussions, we, the Committee on Renaming, decided that Young Harris College will continue to be known as such. We believe the positive reputation and value YHC has earned is based on its commitment to the Wesleyan tradition of higher education to develop both trained minds and warm hearts, not on the reputation of its namesake.
On Monday, Oct. 5 at 8:52 a.m., Young Harris College students and employees were notified by text and email that the College received an anonymous bomb threat to the Rollins Campus Center (RCC). The RCC was evacuated immediately. In-person classes scheduled to take place on campus were cancelled for the remainder of the day. The YHC Police Department, under the direction of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and with the support of multiple local and regional agencies, was able to secure the campus and discredit the threat by noon. The RCC was cleared for re-entry on Monday at 12:10 p.m. The GBI is in the process of tracing the threat. “Many thanks to all of the officers who responded so quickly to make sure our campus and our community remain safe,” said YHC Chief Operating Officer Bo Wright.