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Communication Department – 2024 Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2024 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The Department of Communication at Evangel University has announced its 2024 graduation awards. The awards were given during the traditional undergraduate baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 2 in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

The Communication Department prepares students to pursue careers within various media, content creation, and public relations fields. Through the lens of hands-on learning and real-world training, students study audio and film production, journalism, public relations, advertising, public speaking, and multimedia design through the lens of innovation and adaptability.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Strategic Communications

Sarah Cummings

 Outstanding Graduate in Film & Broadcasting

Raelin Lakatos

 Outstanding Graduate in Digital & Graphic Design

Kylie Jade Hinzman

Outstanding Graduate in Communication Studies

Caden McBride

Carl G. Conner Journalism Award

MyAun Boyd

Shirley Hanson Shedd Communication Leadership Award

Kaylee Clay

Outstanding Graduate in Academic Achievement

Sarah Cummings

The Class of 2024

Evangel University and AGTS celebrated 537 graduates at a joint commencement ceremony at Great Southern Bank Arena (formerly known as JQH Arena) in Springfield on May 2. Graduates earned a total of 32 doctoral, 125 master’s, 329 bachelor’s, and 51 associate’s degrees. Of the graduate degrees, 68 master’s degrees and 16 doctoral degrees were conferred by AGTS.



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:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • 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