Four days of activities to honor the Class of 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The 57th annual Commencement Ceremony for Evangel University will be held on Friday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. in the James River Church auditorium.
This year a total of 514 degrees will be conferred at Evangel’s graduation. This includes 403 bachelor’s degrees, 73 master’s degrees and 38 associate’s degrees, 33 of which are from the James River Leadership Campus.
In addition, the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel will confer 77 degrees during its ceremony on Saturday morning. Of those, 21 are Ph.Ds. and other doctoral degrees.
Federal judge to speak
The speaker for Evangel’s graduation will be The Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan (der-YEGG-he-in), United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. He is noteworthy of being the first Armenian immigrant Federal Judge in the history of the United States.
Der-Yeghiayan graduated from Evangel in 1975 with a B.A. in political science, and he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Evangel Alumni Association in 2008.
“We are honored to have Judge Der-Yeghiayan address the Class of 2015,” said Dr. Carol Taylor, president of Evangel.
“Here is a man who was born in Syria; raised in Beirut, Lebanon; educated in Springfield, Mo.; and now serves as a federal judge in Chicago. I believe he will have a message to share that our graduates will not soon forget.”
Profile on Judge Der-Yeghiayan — https://www.evangel.edu/profiles/2015/04/17/2015-commencement-speaker-honorable-samuel-der-yeghiayan-75/
Watch Commencement LIVE on Internet — https://www.evangel.edu/2015/04/24/tune-may-1-9-m-stream-commencement-online/
Evangel University will honor the Class of 2015 with events and activities from Wednesday, April 29, to Saturday, May 2.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
- Adult & Graduate Studies Baccalaureate
On Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m., Adult & Graduate Studies graduates will be recognized with a baccalaureate awards and honors ceremony in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium. Graduates and their families are invited to celebrate these achievements.
Evangel University’s president, Dr. Carol Taylor, will be the speaker.
- Baccalaureate Reception
A reception for Adult & Graduate Studies graduates and their families will be held in Crusader Hall immediately following Wednesday’s baccalaureate ceremony. Graduates will have an opportunity to introduce family members to President Taylor, administrators and professors.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
- Parents’ Brunch
At 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, a brunch will be held in Crusader Hall for parents only. Parents are asked to RSVP to Teresa DeVries at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7290.
- Undergraduate Baccalaureate
On Thursday, April 30, at 3 p.m., the undergraduate baccalaureate awards and honors ceremony will be held in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.
Senior Barbara-Ruth Hickey, director of CROSSwalk Students Ministries at Evangel, was selected by her classmates to deliver the baccalaureate message for this ceremony. Hickey will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is the daughter of Peter Hickey and Tracy DesJardins, both from Killingworth, Conn.
- President’s Reception
A reception for undergraduates and their families will be held in Crusader Hall immediately following Thursday’s baccalaureate ceremony. Graduates will have an opportunity to introduce family members to President Taylor, administrators and professors.
FRIDAY, MAY 1
- Evangel Commencement Ceremony at James River Church
Evangel University’s events of the week will culminate with the 57th annual Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 1, at 9:30 a.m. in the James River Church auditorium. James River Church is located just off Hwy. 65, south of Springfield.
“Everyone is encouraged to allow at least 45 minutes to get through the traffic,” said Paul K. Logsdon, director of public relations. “Nearly 4,000 family and friends will be present to experience this celebration of their students’ accomplishments.”
SATURDAY, MAY 2
- AGTS at Evangel’s Commencement Ceremony at Central Assembly of God
The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary will celebrate its 42nd annual Commencement on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. in the Central Assembly of God auditorium. The church is located at 1301 N. Boonville.
In addition to graduation, the seminary will celebrate retiring president Dr. Byron D. Klaus and his 16 years of distinguished service at AGTS. He is the longest-serving president in AGTS history.
For details on AGTS activities, http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs141/1103577318473/archive/1120687296438.html