Simpson University Celebrates 140 Fall, Winter Graduates

REDDING, Calif.–Simpson University honored approximately 140 graduates during a Jan. 12 ceremony inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center.

It was the first Simpson commencement ceremony for new President Norm Hall, who began his role in June. “If you ever get to do that, it is truly a treat,” he told the crowd after conferring degrees and shaking hands with each graduate.

In his charge to the undergraduate and master’s students, he urged them, “Be the ‘big time’ where you are. Be … Christ … wherever you are, whatever you do — to raise families that respect and love one another and practice the principles taught by our Lord and Savior.”

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The Rev. Ray Van Gilst, superintendent of the Central Pacific District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance and a university board member, was the commencement speaker, on the topic of “You Are Indispensable,” based on I Corinthians 12:14-25.

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.

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Photos by Peter Martinez


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 NursingA.W. Tozer Theological SeminarySchool 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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