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Commencement for the classes of 2020 & 2021 - Saturday, may 8

Commencement Weekend Events

TBD: Picnic and Vespers Service at Brasstown Bald
One of the key moments during the Commencement Weekend is the annual trek to the top of Brasstown Bald Mountain where all graduates, their families and College personnel gather for the Vespers Service and picnic at sunset. 
TBD: Commencement Practice and Baccalaureate Service
Commencement practice will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. Students will be lined up according to degree in alphabetical order.
Graduates earning a baccalaureate degree and their families are invited to the Baccalaureate Service in Glenn-McGinnis Hall at 5:30 p.m. At this service, students will receive their stole that will be worn with academic regalia at Commencement. Students will have the opportunity to choose who presents the stole to them. Attire is academic regalia.
A livestream of the Baccalaureate Service will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. when the event begins.
TBD: Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Students will assemble in front of the Recreation and Fitness Center for a photo at 9:30 a.m. Lineup will begin at 10 a.m. outside the Recreation and Fitness Center. For those friends and family members who are unable to attend, a livestream of the ceremony will be activated at approximately 10:30 a.m. when Commencement begins.

Final Transcript

Students must request a final transcript in writing to be sent at the end of the semester. Transcript request forms can be found in the Office of the Registrar. Transcripts will not be released until all student accounts and fees have been paid.

Application for Graduation

Students must file an Application for Graduation form with the Office of the Registrar. This form is available on YHC Connect


Diplomas are not handed out during the Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas will not be mailed. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for more information.

Replacement Diploma Request

Any alumni wishing to replace a diploma must fill out a request form. The diploma replacement fee is $40.

Cap and Gown Order

Graduates are responsible for ordering cap and gown online. Students may also order announcements and other items through this website.

Class of 1970 & 1971

Alumni from the Class of 1970 and 1971  are encouraged to walk during the Commencement Ceremony. Contact for more information.