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Adult & Graduate Studies — 2019 EU graduation awards

Published on May 29, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

Dr. David Kelly, the new principal at Nixa High School, receives his doctoral hood from Evangel’s Dr. Gordon Pace during the 2019 Baccalaureate & Awards Ceremony. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The College of Adult & Graduate Studies at Evangel University celebrated its 2019 graduates with awards given during a Baccalaureate service Wednesday, May 3, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

The ceremony honored the work of three categories of adult learners — doctoral, masters and adult studies (degree completion) students.

Evangel offers a variety degrees for adults, each integrating faith and scholarly exploration to equip professionals to be servant leaders.

This year, seven students earned their Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction (Ed.D).

The ceremony also included the hooding of 59 students earning their master’s degrees in behavioral sciences, education and organizational leadership.

The service included a time of recognition of achievement for 46 students earning bachelor’s 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:

Jean Anibal was selected to offer the invocation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management and received an “Award of Distinction” for her work. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon


  • Elizabeth Aley from Nixa, Missouri
  • Jean Anibal from Carthage, Missouri
  • Kristy Baker from Kensington, Kansas
  • Denise Kersey from West Chicago, Illinois
  • Laura McElroy from Bois D’Arc, Missouri
  • Roger Stone, Jr. from Republic, Missouri


The Award of Excellence in Church Ministries

  • Kristy Baker from Kensington, Kansas
  • Daniel Kendrick from Nixa, Missouri
  • Glen Manning, Jr. from Hamilton, Missouri

The Award of Excellence in Human Services

  • Julianna Campbell from Springfield, Missouri
  • Candece Hite from Springfield, Missouri

The Award of Excellence in Management

  • Elizabeth Aley from Nixa, Missouri
  • William Crosby from Bloomingdale, Georgia
  • Denise Kersey from West Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Lisa Tyson, dean of the College of Adult & Graduate Studies, with Nathaniel Calaway (right) who earned his B.S. in Church Ministries in EU’s online program. Joining the celebration is Nathan’s father, Dr. James Calaway (left), pastor of The Gate in Hammond, Ind. Evangel has a formal academic partnership with The Gate. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon


The Class of 2019

Evangel University and its seminary saw 511 degrees conferred this spring at the joint graduation ceremony May 5, 2019.

The 61st Annual Commencement for Evangel and the 46th 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 and combined their graduations in 2018.

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

There were 511 graduates earning 32 doctoral, 105 master’s, 323 bachelor’s and 51 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s were from Evangel’s James River College campus.

The speaker was Dr. Greg Mundis, a 1999 Evangel graduate, “missionary kid,” and orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine deformity surgery. Mundis regularly performs spinal surgeries overseas, making it possible for children to have access to surgical procedures that are largely not available in their home countries.

The pre-graduation story is on the Evangel University website and has a feature on Mundis and his life of service to the needy.

Evangel University, which includes AGTS, is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.




The College of Adult & Graduate Studies

The Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

The Business Department

The Communication Department

The Education Department

The Humanities Department

The Kinesiology Department

The Music Department

The Natural & Applied Sciences Department

The Theology & Global Church Ministries Department