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Communication Department — 2018 EU graduation awards

Published on Jun 11, 2018 by Paul K. Logsdon

The Department of Communication at Evangel University has announced its 2018 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service Thursday, May 3, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

Evangel’s student media began with the newspaper when the University was founded in 1955, and opportunities have expanded with the changing times. Students study video, audio and film production, journalism, public relations, advertising, public speaking, multimedia design and much more — all applied through methods of electronic media, print and oral communication.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Advertising/Public Relations

  • Kenny Acevedo from Windermere, Florida

Outstanding Graduate in Broadcasting

  • Brock Wilson from West Des Moines, Iowa

Outstanding Graduates in Digital Arts

  • Cathlin Nichols from Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Emily Cuckow from Mayfield Heights, Ohio
4b-2018-05.03 Nate & Madison Samson, Journalism
Nate Samson was named the “Outstanding Multimedia Journalism Graduate” for 2018. His wife, Madison (Kolstad), graduated with honors in Psychology. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Outstanding Graduates in Film

  • Matthew Cederblom from Springfield, Missouri
  • Ryan Leathers from Wilton, Iowa

Outstanding Graduate in Multimedia Journalism

  • Nathan Samson from Fremont, Nebraska

Outstanding Graduate in Communication Studies

  • Madilyn Johnson from Ash Grove, Missouri

Outstanding Academic Achievement

  • Emily Brown from Louisville, Kentucky

Carl G. Conner Journalism Award

  • Elizabeth Fry from Plainfield, Illinois

The Class of 2018

Evangel University and its seminary saw 517 degrees conferred this spring at the first joint graduation ceremony May 4, 2018.

The 60th Annual Commencement ceremony for Evangel and the 45th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary were held concurrently in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Missouri. The two schools were consolidated in 2013.

The speaker was the Rev. Doug Clay, newly-elected general superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

“Graduation is a defining moment,” said Clay. “My prayer is that those graduating would steward well both the investment they’ve made in themselves and their future, as well as the sacrifices made by their loved ones to get them to this point.

“May they realize the tremendous responsibility accompanying this achievement — to remember their greatness is not determined by how many people serve them, but how many people they serve.”

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world gathered on Friday to celebrate the students.

From Evangel, there were 464 graduates earning 11 doctoral, 335 bachelor’s, 72 master’s and 46 associate’s degrees — of which, 40 were from EU’s James River College campus. From AGTS, there were 53 degrees conferred, of which 24 were doctoral degrees and 29 were master’s degrees.



The College of Adult and Graduate Studies

The Business Department

The Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

The Communication Department

The Education Department

The Humanities Department

The Kinesiology Department

The Music Department

The Natural & Applied Sciences Department

The Theology & Global Church Ministries Department

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary