Simpson University Inducts Degree-Completion Graduates into Honor Society

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies recently inducted two North State graduates into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Society during a special virtual ceremony.

Founded in 1946, Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society for continuing education students who are in the top 20 percent of their class and who demonstrate superior scholarship and leadership abilities while also handling their life’s responsibilities.

The following students were inducted during the Zoom ceremony, which was also attended by university President Norman Hall and Provost Dale Simmons, as well as staff and instructors from the Degree-Completion Program:

Emkay Sikora

Emkay Sikora (Dunsmuir): Emkay is the tutoring services coordinator at College of the Siskiyous in Weed and the mother of two sons. She has always been active in her children’s activities and volunteered her extensive theater background to assist with school performances. In addition to being the president of the Psychology Club and the special events coordinator for the Multicultural Club at the College of the Siskiyous, Emkay has also led study groups and volunteered as a notetaker for the college’s Disabled Students Services Program. In May 2019, she was the student speaker at the college’s commencement ceremony. Emkay said she loves working with students and believes in the power of education to help women and men overcome social problems that include poverty and powerlessness. Her career goal is to become an academic advisor at a community college. Emkay also has a home business where she creates wool craftwork and teaches classes in wool needle felting.

Diana Rivera

Diana Rivera (Redding): Diana served in the U.S. Army in multiple leadership roles, including as a human resources specialist, first-line supervisor, and training and operations officer for approximately 10,000 soldiers. She volunteered at a local orphanage once a week in Honduras by helping organize field days, booths, food, and outdoor activities. Diana has also volunteered in schools, churches, youth groups, and daycare. Before the pandemic, she volunteered at her children’s schools once a week, helping with events and conducting reader’s theater groups. After her daughter was diagnosed with autism, and seeing how patient, understanding, and encouraging her daughter’s teachers were, Diana said she was inspired to do the same. She plans to attend graduate school to become a teacher, obtaining concurrent Multiple Subject & Education Specialist Credentials, Education Specialist Moderate/Severe Credential, and a Master’s in Education. She also plans to receive the CLAD Certification.

Simpson University’s School of Adult Studies degree-completion program offers bachelor’s degrees in organizational leadership (online or on campus), business management, psychology (online or on campus), and liberal studies. The programs are designed for working adults and allow students to complete their degree in 12 to 16 months. Learn more at


Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at