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2013 graduation activities scheduled this week at Evangel University

April 23, 2013 | Valorie Coleman


Evangel University will honor 2013 graduates with special events and activities this week. Information for the baccalaureate ceremonies and commencement is below. For a full calendar of the week’s activities, see our Graduation Events page.

Adult & Graduate Studies Baccalaureate

On Wednesday, May 1, at 7 p.m., the Adult & Graduate Studies baccalaureate, awards and honors day ceremony will be held in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium.

The speaker will be President Robert H. Spence.

Traditional Undergraduate Baccalaureate

On Thursday, May 2, at 3 p.m., the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate, awards and honors day ceremony will be held in the Evangel Chapel Auditorium.

Blake Petersen, son of Doyle and Terri Petersen of Firth, Nebraska, was selected by his peers to be the baccalaureate speaker for the undergraduate ceremony. He will graduate with a degree in Music Education.

A reception for parents and graduates will be held in Crusader Hall immediately following each of the baccalaureate ceremonies. Graduates will have an opportunity to introduce family members to President Spence, administrators and their favorite professors.

Commencement Ceremony at James River Assembly

The events of the week will culminate with the 55th annual commencement ceremony this Friday, May 3, at 9:30 a.m. in the James River Assembly of God auditorium, located just off Hwy. 65, south of Springfield.

This year, a record 552 students will graduate, including 79 with master’s degrees.

Major General Cecil Richardson, retired U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains, will serve as the commencement speaker. As a member of Evangel’s class of 1973, he will be celebrating his own 40th anniversary as a graduate.

“Everyone is encouraged to allow at least 45 minutes to get through the traffic,” said Paul K. Logsdon, spokesman for the university. “Nearly 4,000 family and friends will be present to experience this celebration of their students’ accomplishments.”

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