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Humanities Department — 2020 EU graduation awards

Published on May 5, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Humanities at Evangel University has announced its 2020 graduation awards. Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of campus events, Evangel’s traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies have been postponed until mid-August. The awards will be presented to the graduates at that time.

The Department focuses on majors in art, literature, foreign languages and theatre.

Students gain hands-on experience through the varied activities sponsored by Humanities, which include theatre productions, a student art gallery, the Epiphany fine-arts magazine, coffeehouse poetry readings, The Write Place lab, and a variety of Artist Series events.

Humanities 2020 awardees include Katie Carico, Alyssa Ferris, Emma Lander, Hannah Tollison, Adam Gillen and Erin Payne. (Not pictured, Cole Stoecker.) // PHOTOS PROVIDED


The following Humanities 2020 awards will be presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Art

  • Kathryn Carico from Bristol, Virginia

Outstanding Graduate in Art Education

  • Alyssa Ferris from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Outstanding Graduates in English

  • Emma Lander from Crane, Missouri
  • Cole Stoecker from Douglasville, Pennsylvania

Outstanding Graduate in English Education

  • Hannah Tollison from Glasgow, Kentucky

Outstanding Graduate in Theatre

  • Adam Gillen from Adrian, Michigan

Outstanding Graduate in Theatre/Music

  • Erin Payne from Ottumwa, Iowa

Robert J. Greef Award – Missouri Association of Teachers of English

  • Hannah Tollison from Glasgow, Kentucky


The Class of 2020

A survey of more than 500 spring graduates of Evangel University and its seminary showed that 84% preferred to have a traditional Commencement and have it postponed until later in the summer.

• The 62nd Annual Commencement for Evangel will be held Saturday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m. in the Central Assembly auditorium, 1301 N. Boonville in Springfield, Missouri.

• The 47th Annual Commencement for Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel will take place as a part of the same ceremony. The two schools were consolidated in 2013 and combined their graduations in 2018.

Emmy Award winning journalist Steve Grant will be the Commencement speaker. Grant is a 1976 Evangel graduate and a highly-regarded news anchor at KY3, the NBC affiliate for the Springfield metro area. In addition, he currently serves as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Mid-America Chapter.

The Commencement 2020 ceremony will be live-streamed at

For additional details on Evangel’s three Baccalaureate & Awards Ceremonies, and on Steve Grant’s life of service, see a feature story on the EU website.

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 2,300 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 65 undergraduate majors and 19 master’s and doctoral degrees.