News Release

College of Adult & Graduate Studies — 2018 EU graduation awards

June 11, 2018 | Paul K. Logsdon

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Evangel University celebrated its 2018 graduates with awards given during a Baccalaureate service Wednesday, May 2, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

The CAGS ceremony honored the work of doctoral, masters and adult studies (degree completion) students. Evangel offers a variety degrees for adult learners, each integrating faith and scholarly exploration to equip professionals to be servant leaders.

Featured this year was the first cohort of students (outside of the seminary) to earn doctoral degrees, as 11 students earned their Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D).

1b-2018-05.04 Dr. Karen Hood, Dr. Doug Greek, Dr. Amy Dunn, Dr. Sarah Cooper, and Dr. Chris Bauman.Ed.L

Members of the first cohort to graduate with their Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction included (l-to-r) Dr. Karen Hood, Dr. Doug Greek, Dr. Amy Dunn, Dr. Sarah Cooper, and Dr. Chris Bauman. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The ceremony also included the hooding of 72 students earning their master’s degrees in behavioral sciences, athletic training, education and organizational leadership.

There was also a time of recognition of achievement for those earning degrees in the adult studies program. These programs feature accelerated curriculum designed for working adults, allowing them to finish their degree in a flexible format that fits their career or family obligations.

The following adult studies awards were presented:

The Award of Excellence in Church Ministries

  • Vanessa Harris from Granby, Missouri

The Award of Excellence in Human Services

  • Lori Pace from Rogersville, Missouri

The Award of Excellence in Management

  • Jason Cruise from Springfield, Missouri
1c-2012-05.04 Timothy Meacham CAGS

Tim Meacham earned his B.S. in Management in the Adult Studies Program and was honored with “The Leadership & Service Award” given annually to an outstanding student Veteran. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

The Leadership & Service Award (for services as an Evangel student Veteran)

  • Timothy Meacham from Springfield, Missouri

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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