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Communication Department – 2022 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 9, 2022 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Communication at Evangel University has announced its 2022 graduation awards. The awards were given during the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 5 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

Evangel’s student media began with its 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

Shelby Cron


Outstanding Graduates in Film & Broadcasting

Kirby Groves

Nathaniel Griffey


Outstanding Graduate in Film

Braeden Nelson


Outstanding Graduate in Digital Arts

Megan Cromer


Outstanding Graduate in Strategic Communication

Gabrielle Mathews


Outstanding Graduate in Communication Studies

Libbey Lee


Outstanding Graduate in Multimedia Journalism

Ashlyn Rinehart


Carl G. Conner Journalism Award

Samuel Labertew


Shirley Hanson Shedd Communication Leadership Award

Samuel Labertew


The Class of 2022

Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary celebrated 536 graduates at a joint commencement ceremony at Great Southern Bank Arena (formerly known as JQH Arena) in Springfield on May 5. Graduates earned a total of 31 doctoral, 95 master’s, 360 bachelor’s and 50 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AAs are from Evangel’s James River College campus.


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.