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Kinesiology Department — 2020 EU graduation awards

Published on May 5, 2020 by Paul K. Logsdon



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Department of Kinesiology 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 were given remotely by the department.

The department offers allied health students the opportunity to learn the art of patient care and injury prevention with degrees in athletic training, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Other kinesiology students earn majors in exercise science, sport management and physical education (with K-12 certification).


The following Kinesiology 2020 awards were presented:

Outstanding Graduate in Allied Health — Pre-Athletic Training

  • Kellie Bixler from Aurora, Colorado

Outstanding Graduate in Allied Health — Pre-Occupational Therapy

  • Rachel Lane from Pleasant Hope, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Allied Health — Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Kristen Johnson from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Outstanding Graduate in Exercise Science

  • Benjamin Friend from Springfield, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Physical Education

  • Jerry Womack from West Plains, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Sport Management

  • Makayla Stephen from Nixa, Missouri

Outstanding Graduate in Athletic Training

  • Caitlyn Cox from Lawton, Oklahoma

The John & Cora Irene Holsinger Award for Outstanding Student in Kinesiology

  • Amber Ellis from Gentry, Arkansas


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.