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Behavioral & Social Sciences Department – 2024 Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2024 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Department of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Evangel University has announced its 2024 graduation awards. The awards were presented during the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 2 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

Students in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department desire to pursue a career in service to others, finding commonality under the banner of the “helping professions.”

Professors with real-world field experience offer innovative training in major degrees including criminal justice, government, history, psychology, social science, social science education, and social work. The social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Criminal Justice

Adriana Davila

Outstanding Graduate in History

Kristen Morgan-Hess

Outstanding Graduate in Psychology

Hannah Jordan

 Outstanding Graduate in Research Psychology

Emma Gnatek

 Outstanding Practicum Student in Psychology

Emily Dixon

Outstanding Graduate in Social Science Education

Kaitlyn Bailey

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work

Mary “Annslee” Leeviraphan

Outstanding Practicum Student in Social Work

Lauren Cox

Outstanding Graduate in Social Work Research

Jaden Miller

The Ryan Parke-Hartje Award for Outstanding Student in the Behavioral Sciences

Emmaline Stinson

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

Gavin Griffith

The Class of 2024

Evangel University and AGTS celebrated 537 graduates at a joint commencement ceremony at Great Southern Bank Arena (formerly known as JQH Arena) in Springfield on May 2. Graduates earned a total of 32 doctoral, 125 master’s, 329 bachelor’s, and 51 associate’s degrees. Of the graduate degrees, 68 master’s degrees and 16 doctoral degrees were conferred by AGTS.



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:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • 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