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Evangel University Celebrates 50th Commencement Ceremony

On Friday, May 2, 426 students participated in Evangel University’s 50th commencement ceremony, held at James River Assembly of God in Ozark, Missouri. Nearly 4,000 family and friends were present to celebrate with the second-largest graduating class in Evangel’s history.



Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God and a 1962 Evangel graduate, gave the commencement ceremony address.



In his message, Wood talked about the journey facing the graduates, and used the Apostle Paul's second missionary trip as an illustration.



“When Paul set out on that trip, his itinerary was not all laid out. In fact, at times he started in one direction and ended up going another," said Wood. "You may have to change locations or vocations a time or two before you hit the right one."



"Paul never sat down and had a pity party when he experienced the frustration of God telling him where NOT to go, but not telling him where to go," he continued. "The Lord rarely shows anyone the map of their whole life, but He will always give you the next step."



Looking back on his own life for perspective, Wood concluded, "You've only got one lifetime -- 50 years more or less. Glorify God on your whole journey so that in that day when there are no sunsets and no tomorrows, you may receive from Him the highest commendation -- 'Well done, good and faithful friend. You did life magna cum laude!'"



The following degrees were awarded: * 7 Associate of Arts * 82 Bachelor of Arts * 94 Bachelor of Business Administration * 1 Bachelor of Fine Arts * 9 Bachelor of Music * 185 Bachelor of Science * 13 Bachelor of Social Work * 1 Master of Arts * 9 Master of Education * 7 Master of Organizational Leadership * 18 Master of Science



For more information on Evangel, see its Web site at

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