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Communication Department — 2020 EU graduation awards

Published on May 5, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Department of Communication at Evangel University has announced its 2020 graduation awards. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of campus events, Evangel’s traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies have been postponed until mid-August. The awards were given remotely by the department.

Student media at Evangel 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.

Communication 2020 awardees are Grace Perkins, Jayce McQueen, Holly Black, Emily Rose, JonChristopher Collins, Victoria Guerra, Jalen Gifford, Emily Grove. // PHOTOS PROVIDED


The following Communication 2020 awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Advertising/Public Relations

  • Grace (Myers) Perkins from Strafford, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Film & Broadcasting

  • Jayce McQueen from Eudora, Kansas

Outstanding Graduate in Film

  • Holly Black from Neodesha, Kansas

Outstanding Graduate in Digital Arts

  • Emily Rose from Springfield, Illinois

Outstanding Graduate in Multimedia Journalism

  • JonChristopher Collins from Kingwood, Texas

Outstanding Graduate in Communication Studies

  • Victoria Guerra from Kansas City, Missouri

Outstanding Academic Achievement

  • Jalen Gifford from Dodge City, Kansas

Carl G. Conner Journalism Award

  • Grace (Myers) Perkins from Strafford, Missouri

Shirley Hanson Shedd Communication Leadership Award

  • Emily Groves from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


The Class of 2020

A survey of more than 500 spring graduates of Evangel University and its seminary showed that 84% preferred to have a traditional Commencement and have it postponed until later in the summer.

• The 62nd Annual Commencement for Evangel will be held Saturday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Central Assembly auditorium, 1301 N. Boonville in Springfield, Missouri.

• The 47th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel will take place as a part of the same ceremony. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

Emmy Award winning journalist Steve Grant will be the Commencement speaker. Grant is a 1976 Evangel graduate and a highly-regarded news anchor at KY3, the NBC affiliate for the Springfield metro area. In addition, he currently serves as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-America Chapter.

The Commencement 2020 ceremony will be live-streamed at

For additional details on Evangel’s three Baccalaureate & Awards Ceremonies, and on Steve Grant’s life of service, see a feature story on the EU website.

Evangel University, which includes AGTS, is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the church and society globally. Evangel serves more than 2,300 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.