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Education Department — 2018 EU graduation awards

Published on Jun 11, 2018 by Paul K. Logsdon

The Department of Education 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.

Working with the theme “caring, committed, competent educators shape the future,” the education department at Evangel offers 15 majors. These include early childhood, elementary and middle school education; plus specialized majors in art, biology, business, chemistry, communication, English, math, music, social science, Spanish, theatre/speech, and physical education.

The following education awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Early Childhood Education

  • Amanda Buchanan from Richardsville, Virginia

Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education

  • Kara Speights from Springfield, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Elementary Education

  • Lauren Killingsworth from Springfield, Missouri

Academic Excellence in Elementary Education

  • Emily L. Nelson from Zionsville, Indiana

Outstanding Graduate in Special Education

  • Paige E. Nelson from Vermillion, Ohio

Academic Excellence in Special Education

  • Emily J. Orr from Davison, Michigan

Outstanding Graduate in Middle School Education

  • Meredith Lockhart from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cori Holsinger-Hartje Award — Outstanding Graduating Student in Teacher Education

  • Hannah C. Apple from Shelbyville, 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