Trisha Yearwood Advises “Be Happy” During Alma Mater Commencement

Georgia seniors celebrate graduation with former alum.

photo by Scott Dean/Scott Dean Photography/Sunshine Sachs

She’s one of country music’s favorite female vocalists, one of the Food Network's hottest personalities, she’s written two—count ’em, two—cookbooks and she’s Mrs. Garth Brooks, for crying out loud! What’s left for Trisha Yearwood?

That’s Dr. Trisha Yearwood, y’all. The Monticello, Ga., country songbird was presented with an honorary doctorate of music from her alma mater, Young Harris College in Georgia, Saturday, May 10, where she delivered the commencement speech to this year’s graduates. In her speech, Trisha quoted Mark Twain, saying, “I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” She also advised students to “claim your own happiness. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Be happy and you will attract happy.”

Trisha earned an associate degree in business administration while at Young Harris, then continued her education to get a bachelor’s of business administration at Belmont University in Nashville. She was active in musical ensembles and plays and served as president of Sigma Beta Sigma at Young Harris.

Congratulations, graduates!

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