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Behavioral & Social Sciences Department – 2023 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Evangel University has announced its 2023 graduation awards. The awards were presented during the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 4 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

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 science, social science education, and social work. The military science (ROTC) program, a partnership with Missouri State University’s Bear Battalion, falls under the department. Additional master’s degrees in counseling are offered.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice

Katrina Watts

Outstanding Graduate in Government

Megumi Sinniah

Outstanding Graduates in Psychology

Samuel Russo

Micah Wells

 Outstanding Graduates in Research Psychology

Kaelei Atkins

Rebekah Schwendenmann

 Outstanding Practicum Student in Psychology

Madison Simmons

Outstanding Graduate in Social Science Education

Caleb Hostetter

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work

Lily Ramsey

Outstanding Practicum Student in Social Work

Ariel Johnson

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work Research

Elijah Cade Moberg

The Ryan Parke-Hartje Award for Outstanding Student in the Behavior Science

Trystin Minnick

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

David Holgerson

The Class of 2023

Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary celebrated 579 graduates at a joint commencement ceremony at Great Southern Bank Arena (formerly known as JQH Arena) in Springfield on May 4. Graduates earned a total of 24 doctoral, 154 master’s, 357 bachelor’s, and 44 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AAs are from Evangel’s James River College campus.



About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at