News Release

Behavioral & Social Sciences Department — 2018 EU graduation awards

June 11, 2018 | Paul K. Logsdon


The Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Evangel University has announced its 2018 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service Thursday, May 3, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

Generally speaking, students in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department live out their calling in service to others, finding commonality under the banner of the “helping professions.” Majors offered include criminal justice, government, history, psychology, social sciences and social work.

The military science (ROTC) program is also included in this department.

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The Criminal Justice majors gathered just prior to Commencement with Roger Moore, director of the program (top center). The 2018 “Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice” is Jenna Fees (2nd from right). // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The following undergraduate awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice

  • Jenna Fees from Nokesville, Virginia

Outstanding Graduate in Government

  • Kenny Acevedo from Windermere, Florida

Outstanding Graduate in History

  • Naomi Lampke from Attica, New York

Outstanding Graduates in Psychology

  • Alyssah (Orr) Morrison from Fair Grove, Missouri
  • Haven Arnzen from Springfield, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Social Science Education

  • Gavin Poe from Springfield, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work

  • Caitlin O’Guin from Beaner Creek, Ohio

Outstanding Research Graduate in Psychology

  • Savanna Steffen from Pleasant Hope, Missouri

The Ryan Parke Hartje Award for Outstanding Students in the Behavioral Sciences

  • Mackenzie Schmid from Rolla, Missouri

The Kendrick-Karmarkovic-Holsinger Award for Outstanding Achievement in Social Science

  • Kaitlyn Shepherd from Rochester, New York
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Dr. Heather Kelly (back left), Dr. Deborah Johnson and Dr. Grant Jones with the 2018 psychology graduates, following their Baccalaureate Ceremony. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The Class of 2018

Evangel University and its seminary saw 517 degrees conferred this spring at the first joint graduation ceremony May 4, 2018.

The 60th Annual Commencement ceremony for Evangel and the 45th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary were held concurrently in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Missouri. The two schools were consolidated in 2013.

The speaker was the Rev. Doug Clay, newly-elected general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

“Graduation is a defining moment,” said Clay. “My prayer is that those graduating would steward well both the investment they’ve made in themselves and their future, as well as the sacrifices made by their loved ones to get them to this point.

“May they realize the tremendous responsibility accompanying this achievement — to remember their greatness is not determined by how many people serve them, but how many people they serve.”

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world gathered on Friday to celebrate the students.

From Evangel, there were 464 graduates earning 11 doctoral, 335 bachelor’s, 72 master’s and 46 associate’s degrees — of which, 40 were from EU’s James River College campus. From AGTS, there were 53 degrees conferred, of which 24 were doctoral degrees and 29 were master’s degrees.

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