May 10, 2012

Hilary Cox Receives Diploma Before NCAA Southeast Regional Game

Contact: David Beall,

DAHLONEGA, GA – With North Georgia starting catcher Hilary Cox missing her college graduation last Saturday morning to play in game three of the NCAA Southeast Softball Regional, the university gave the senior standout her own private graduation at home plate.

Just before the first pitch, North Georgia president Dr. Bonita Jacobs, Dr. Robert Fuller, Dr. Richard Oates, Dr. Pat Donat, Col. Tom Palmer and Mac McConnell led a processional on the field to perform a formal graduation for one of North Georgia's finest students.

With a near capacity crowd on hand to watch the 11th-ranked Saints take on Columbus State in the NCAA Southeast Regional, Cox received her diploma with her teammates looking on, her opponents respectively watching and over 500 fans breaking out into applause as the Douglasville, Georgia, native moved her tassel from right to left.

Since her arrival on the campus of North Georgia in the fall of 2008, Cox has been the ultimate student-athlete in every sense of the word. Leading North Georgia to three straight National Championship appearances and 202 wins, she has defined greatness.

A Business Management Major, Cox has been named to the PBC Presidential Honor Roll, earned Peach Belt All-Academic honors and garnered NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete honors.

A member of the North Georgia Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the last three years, Cox has ascended to the top of NCAA Division II as the National SAAC President, representing over 100,000 Division II athletes across the country.

An hour and 24 minutes after Cox was handed her diploma, North Georgia mounted an unthinkable 7th-inning rally, scoring two runs to walk-off with a 2-1 victory over Columbus State and propel the Saints to the NCAA Southeast Super Regionals for a 4th consecutive year.