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Humanities Department — 2021 EU Outstanding Graduate Awards

Published on May 10, 2021 by Erin Hedlun



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Department of Humanities at Evangel University has announced its 2021 EU Outstanding Graduate awards. The awards were presented during the Baccalaureate service held on Thursday, May 6, in the Robert H. Spence Chapel auditorium.

The Humanities 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.

The following undergraduate awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Art Education

  • Julia Bennett from Springfield, MO


Outstanding Graduate in Studio Art

  • Elliott Mann from Springfield, MO


Outstanding Graduates in Graphic Design

  • Kamrynn Holt from Republic, MO


Outstanding Graduate in English

  • Cassaundra Hein from Lincoln, NE
  • Madeleine Kirkpatrick from Springfield, MO


Outstanding Graduate in English Education

  • Maleah Ivy from Lafayette, IN


Outstanding Graduate in Spanish Education

  • Krysta Chess from Lebanon, OH


Outstanding Graduate in Speech/Theatre Education

  • Abbigail Vaughan from Cordova, TN
  • Annaliese Williams from Gahanna, OH


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

  • Kasey Doss from Springfield, MO


The Class of 2021

Evangel University and its seminary celebrated 544 graduates at its joint commencement ceremony at JQH Arena in Springfield, MO on May 7. Graduates earned a total of 25 doctoral, 130 master’s, 344 bachelor’s and 45 associate’s degrees. The majority of the AA’s are from Evangel’s James River College campus.

Participants included both 2021 and 2020 graduates, as the university was unable to hold an in-person commencement ceremony last year due to the coronavirus.

The commencement speaker was Dr. Greg Mundis, Sr., a CBC (’73) and AGTS (’97) alum and executive director of Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM). Mundis oversees the work of more than 2,700 missionaries serving in more than 255 countries, territories, and provinces.

In 2020, Mundis was diagnosed with COVID-19 and spent more than 50 grueling days in the hospital, much of that time on a ventilator, fighting for his life. He experienced a miraculous recovery and is now back to work full-time.


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Christian university committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally. Evangel and AGTS serve more than 2,200 students from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries, offering 70 undergraduate majors and 19 master and doctoral degrees.


Additional 2021 Departmental Outstanding Graduates:

Behavioral & Social Sciences:

Business & Economics:






Natural & Applied Sciences:

Theology & Global Church Ministries: