Simpson University Prepares to Celebrate Class of 2020 in Virtual Ceremony

REDDING, Calif.—A special ceremony celebrating the 260 graduates of Simpson University’s Class of 2020 is scheduled to air “live” at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, on the university’s YouTube page.

The online ceremony—honoring spring, summer and fall graduates—will follow the structure of an in-person commencement with introductions, speakers, special music, and presentation of the graduates. It will feature keynote speaker Dr. James Postma and include special music by members of the Simpson University Gospel Choir and Music Department.

“While we would love nothing more than to celebrate our graduates in person, we are excited about this opportunity for students and their families to watch the ceremony together during Christmas break and hope it will provide some meaningful connection,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, university provost. “In this challenging year, Simpson University faculty have been honored to walk alongside these remarkable women and men whose resilience and adaptability will serve them well in their life journey.”

Graduates were invited to submit photos to be shown on screen as their names are read during the ceremony. Class of 2020 members were also honored during a Grad Finale event, where they scheduled a time to stop by the student union, pick up a “swag bag” and get a photo taken with Dr. Norman Hall, university president.

Simpson University graduates Vicki Ebey of Eureka and Sharyn Toso of Redding earned psychology degrees through the degree-completion program. They are among the 260 graduates who will be honored in a special online ceremony airing Saturday morning.

The commencement address, titled “Lessons in a Bottle,” will be delivered by Dr. Postma, a professor emeritus from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Chico. He is a member and former chair of the Academic Senate of the California State University, and chair of the Simpson University Board of Trustees.

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 traditional undergraduate programs, 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. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard.

This academic year, the university launched 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.

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 simpsonu.edu

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