Simpson University to Graduate 140 Students in January

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will honor approximately 140 graduates during a commencement ceremony Saturday, Jan. 12, inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus, 2211 College View Drive.

The 10 a.m. ceremony, which will be livestreamed at, will recognize the achievements of students from Simpson’s traditional undergraduate, ASPIRE degree-completion, and graduate programs.

The Rev. Ray Van Gilst, superintendent of the Central Pacific District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and a university board member, will be the keynote speaker.

Simpson University traditionally holds commencement twice a year—an indoor ceremony in January for summer and fall graduates, and an outdoor event in April for spring graduates.

Established in 1921, Simpson is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. The university has been in Redding almost 30 years and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction and is home to a 2-year-old Veterans Success Center. Academic programs include 25 undergraduate majors, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, School of Education, and School of Adult and Graduate Professional Studies.

Nearly 4,000 North State residents have completed their bachelor’s degrees through Simpson’s ASPIRE program, which offers classes online and on campus during evenings and weekends.

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