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College of Online Learning – 2023 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The College of Online Learning at Evangel University celebrated its 2023 graduates with awards presented during an undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 4 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

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

These programs feature accelerated curriculum designed for working adults, allowing them to earn or finish their degree in a flexible format that fits their career and family obligations.

The following awards were presented:

Award of Excellence in Behavioral Health

Pamela Fair

Emily Friggle

 Award of Excellence in Business Management

Josh Grissom

 Award of Excellence in Church Ministries

Micah Frisby

Cassie Gsell

Mark Kish

 Award of Excellence in Humanitarian Relief & Development

Elise Imadiyi

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