Simpson University Prepares to Graduate 130 Students

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will honor approximately 130 graduates during a commencement ceremony Saturday, Jan. 11, inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus, 2211 College View Drive.

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

Redding Mayor Adam McElvain, who is also a Simpson University graduate and U.S. military veteran, will be the keynote speaker. McElvain is a partner at Pacific Sky Creative, Inc., a local marketing firm, and was elected to the Redding City Council in 2016. His community service includes serving as chair of the Redding Electric Utility Commission and Community Services Advisory Commission; past president and founding member of the Active 20-30 Club; past president of the Friends of Whiskeytown; and past president of the Redding School of the Arts Governing Board. He is also a member of the American Legion, Shasta Historical Society, Turtle Bay, and the Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce.

Simpson University traditionally holds commencement twice a year—in January for summer and fall graduates, and in late 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 30 years and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its School of Adult Studies degree-completion program and about 3,000 from its School of Education. The university is also home to A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, which is ranked No. 8 in California.

Simpson University has launched new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, men’s volleyball, and bass fishing. New majors include kinesiology and commercial music, with digital media and engineering programs coming soon. Simpson University offers aggressive scholarships to help make college education affordable.

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