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Education Department — 2019 EU graduation awards

Published on May 29, 2019 by Paul K. Logsdon

Rebecca Johnson received the “Cori Holsinger-Hartje Award for Outstanding Graduating Student in Teacher Education,” and also earned recognition for “Academic Excellence in Special Education.” // PHOTO BY: Johnson Mathai

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Education at Evangel University has announced its 2019 graduation awards. The awards were given during the Baccalaureate service Thursday, May 2, 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:

Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education

  • Elizabeth Davis from Katy, Texas

Outstanding Graduate in Elementary Education

  • Macey Hitchcock from Bolivar, Missouri

Academic Excellence in Elementary Education

  • Anna Mitchell from Spring Hill, Kansas

Outstanding Graduate in Special Education

  • Carson Pape from Aurora, Illinois

Academic Excellence in Special Education

  • Rebecca Johnson from Kenosha, Wisconsin

Outstanding Graduate in Middle School Education

  • Anna (Josie) Gregory from Nixa, Missouri

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

  • Rebecca Johnson from Kenosha, Wisconsin
Macey Hitchcock (center) was named the 2019 “Outstanding Graduate in Elementary Education.” She was joined by Hannah Davis, magna cum laude in Elementary Education; and Gabby Gordon, magna cum laude in the communication department. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon

The Class of 2019

Evangel University and its seminary saw 511 degrees conferred this spring at the joint graduation ceremony May 5, 2019.

The 61st Annual Commencement for Evangel and the 46th 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 and combined their graduations in 2018.

More than 4,000 family and friends from around the world gathered on Friday to celebrate the students.

There were 511 graduates earning 32 doctoral, 105 master’s, 323 bachelor’s and 51 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s were from Evangel’s James River College campus.

The speaker was Dr. Greg Mundis, a 1999 Evangel graduate, “missionary kid,” and orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine deformity surgery. Mundis regularly performs spinal surgeries overseas, making it possible for children to have access to surgical procedures that are largely not available in their home countries.

The pre-graduation story is on the Evangel University website and has a feature on Mundis and his life of service to the needy.

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 2,100 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.




The College of Adult & Graduate Studies

The Behavioral & Social Sciences Department

The Business 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