News Release

Business Department — 2017 EU graduation awards

May 24, 2017 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Business at Evangel University has announced its 2017 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service on Thursday, May 4, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

There are nearly 200 undergraduate students in the department earning their Bachelor of Business Administration degrees with comprehensive majors in management, marketing, accounting, finance, nonprofit business & social enterprise, or business education.

The department also includes more than 100 adult students in online and seated programs earning Bachelor of Science in Management or Master of Organizational Leadership degrees.

3-2017-Finance, Zachariah Johnson

Zachariah Johnson of Franktown, Colo., was honored as a 2017 Outstanding Graduate in Finance. His parents are EU graduates David ’87 and Donnelle (Painter ’88) Johnson. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The following undergraduate awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Accounting

  • Lauren Christison from Petersburg, Ill.

Outstanding Graduates in Finance

  • Zachariah Johnson from Franktown, Colo.
  • Andrew Stefan from Huntington, Ind.

Outstanding Graduates in Management

  • Paige Shaffer from Springfield, Mo.
  • Brock West from Lebanon, Mo.

Outstanding Graduates in Marketing

  • Olivia Gorman from Springfield, Mo.
  • Aimee Whitmire from Rolla, Mo.

Outstanding in Nonprofit Business & Social Enterprise

  • Victoria Pursell from Erie, Pa.
  • Emily VanderMolen from DeMotte, Ind.

Academic Excellence

  • Elisabeth Chase from Kansas City, Mo.
  • Lauren Christison from Petersburg, Ill.
  • Caroline Ellis from Columbus, Ga.
  • Victoria Pursell from Erie, Pa.
  • Courtney Reese from Springfield, Mo.
  • Brook Sakowski from Greenville, N.C.
  • Paige Shaffer from Springfield, Mo.
  • Emily VanderMolen from DeMotte, Ind.
  • Brock West from Lebanon, Mo.
  • Aimee Whitmire from Rolla, Mo.

The Class of 2017

Evangel University and its seminary saw a total of 509 degrees conferred this spring in two graduation ceremonies.

The 59th Annual Commencement ceremony for Evangel University was held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Mo.

The speaker was Evangel alumnus Hal Donaldson, co-founder and president of Convoy of Hope, a faith-based, non-profit organization that leads humanitarian initiatives across the United States and around the world.

Nearly 4,000 family and friends from around the world celebrated 456 Evangel graduates earning 361 bachelors’, 58 master’s and 37 associate’s degrees, 32 of which were from EU’s James River Leadership Campus.

In addition, the 44th Annual Commencement for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary was held on Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium. Three 2017 graduates shared their stories as a part of the ceremony.

There were 53 degrees conferred by AGTS, of which 33 are master’s and 20 are doctoral degrees.


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