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Behavioral & Social Sciences Department — 2020 EU graduation awards

Published on May 5, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Evangel University has announced its 2020 graduation awards. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of campus events, Evangel’s traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies have been postponed until mid-August. The awards were given remotely by the department.

Historically, 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.


The following Behavioral & Social Sciences 2020 awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice

  • Joseph Cole Roberts from Hollister, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Government

  • Macie Lung from Camp Point, Illinois

Outstanding Graduate in Psychology

  • Joshua Conrad from Haymarket, Virginia

Outstanding Graduate in Research Psychology

  • Caleb Gravot from Fairview Heights, Illinois

Outstanding Graduate in Social Science Education

  • Joshua Cheezum from Dover, Delaware

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work

  • Taylor Davis from Woodbridge, Virginia

Outstanding Social Work Field Graduate

  • Kayleigh Anderson from Normal, Illinois

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

  • Jessica Haney from Tulsa, Oklahoma

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

  • Maxwell Holleman from Novi, Michigan


The Class of 2020

A survey of more than 500 spring graduates of Evangel University and its seminary showed that 84% preferred to have a traditional Commencement and have it postponed until later in the summer.

• The 62nd Annual Commencement for Evangel will be held Saturday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Central Assembly auditorium, 1301 N. Boonville in Springfield, Missouri.

• The 47th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel will take place as a part of the same ceremony. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

Emmy Award winning journalist Steve Grant will be the Commencement speaker. Grant is a 1976 Evangel graduate and a highly-regarded news anchor at KY3, the NBC affiliate for the Springfield metro area. In addition, he currently serves as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-America Chapter.

The Commencement 2020 ceremony will be live-streamed at

For additional details on Evangel’s three Baccalaureate & Awards Ceremonies, and on Steve Grant’s life of service, see a feature story on the EU website.

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 2,300 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.