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Communication Department – 2023 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Department of Communication at Evangel University has announced its 2023 graduation awards. The awards were given during the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 4 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

Evangel’s student media began with its newspaper when the University was founded in 1955, and opportunities have continually expanded to address the shifting landscape of communication-related fields.

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 Strategic Communication – Advertising/Public Relations

Sadie Chisum

 Outstanding Graduate in Film & Broadcasting

Jacob Harris

 Outstanding Graduate in Digital Arts

Katherine Garland

 Outstanding Graduate in Visual & Digital Arts

Kali McCroskey

Outstanding Graduate in Strategic Communication – Communication Studies

Kahlan Foland-Hollinger

Outstanding Graduate in Multimedia Journalism

Emily Connelly

Carl G. Conner Journalism Award

Emily Connelly

Shirley Hanson Shedd Communication Leadership Award

Wyatt Long

 Outstanding Graduate in Academic Achievement

Sadie Chisum

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