be_ixf;ym_202406 d_18; ct_150

Education Department – 2023 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 8, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

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

Highlighted by the theme “caring, committed, competent educators shape the future,” the Education Department at Evangel offers a wide range of majors for students interested in pursuing a teaching profession.

Degrees include early childhood, elementary, and middle school education and special education/cross-categorical disabilities. Additional advanced degrees are also offered through the Education Department at the masters and doctoral levels.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Early Childhood Education

Micah Fisher

 Academic Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Keziah Sou

 Outstanding Graduate in Elementary Education

Alaira Kish

 Academic Excellence in Elementary Education

Hannah Gebhardt

 Outstanding Graduate in Special Education

Lilly White

 Academic Excellence in Special Education

Rylee Neill

 Outstanding Graduate in Middle School Education

Sarah Hale

 Cori Holsinger-Hartje Award

Lei-Isa Falig

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