News Release

Natural & Applied Sciences Department — 2018 EU graduation awards

June 11, 2018 | Paul K. Logsdon


The Department of Natural & Applied 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.

The Department of Natural & Applied Sciences is one of the largest on campus, offering 12 majors to prepare students for careers ranging from education to the environment, including chemistry, computers, pre-engineering and health care. A cadaver lab was added in 2016, enhancing the educational experience for pre-med students.

The following undergraduate awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Natural & Applied Sciences

  • Madison Mantyla from Midland, Michigan

Outstanding Graduate in Biology

  • Charissa Lord from Springfield, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Computer Information Systems

  • Kevin Knowlton from Memphis, Tennessee

Outstanding Graduate in Computer Science

  • Bradley Brown from Louisville, Kentucky

Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Science

  • Anna Valentine from Woodhaven, Michigan

Outstanding Graduate in Health Care/Nursing

  • Laura Karst from Valley Center, Kansas

Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics

  • Brianna Maybee from Janesville, Wisconsin

Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics

  • Kellie Dennis from Perrysburg, Ohio

Outstanding Graduate in Pre-Medicine

  • Julianne Ankrom from Bolivar, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Research

  • Rachel Baines from Mohrsville, Pennsylvania

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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