Simpson Celebrates Three Commencement Milestones

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - On Saturday, Jan. 10, during Simpson University's winter commencement, the university will celebrate three milestones as it graduates its largest Adult Studies class (ASPIRE), its first healthcare management cohort, and marks its 20-year anniversary in Redding.

Simpson University's Adult Studies program will graduate 115 students. These students will join the over 2,400 alumni who have already earned degrees from the program. The traditional undergraduate program will graduate 10 students and 16 will earn master's degrees.

Roxanne Wade of Redding is among the largest group of graduating students. The 34-year-old single mother earned her B.A. degree in Simpson University's first Healthcare Management cohort.

After beginning a healthcare management degree online, Wade realized that it wasn't a good fit for her. Shortly after, she heard of Simpson's new healthcare management degree and was enrolled two weeks later. She said earning her bachelor's degree was something that she has always wanted to do and it would allow her to advance her career.

Wade said she had a good experience at Simpson, but it was also challenging. Many nights she would help her son Carzer, who was in the first grade, do his homework, and then she would complete her assignments when he fell asleep each night.

"My son and I earned this degree together," said Wade. "He is excited to see me graduate and even more excited that we'll be taking a weeklong trip to Disneyland together. It's just now sinking in that I don’t have to do homework anymore, and I can move into the next phase in my life."

EronMarie Burgess also graduated with her healthcare management degree from Simpson University's Adult Studies program. A full-time employee at a local healthcare facility, Burgess said earning her degree would show her employers how serious she was about her career.

Burgess' husband is currently earning his B.A. in Business Management degree from Simpson as well.

"My husband and I decided to go at the same time because Simpson's program is so supportive of each and every student," she said. "My husband is a dynamic and energetic person, but because of his disabilities, he needed a degree to get ahead in the business community. We knew that a degree from Simpson University would improve his resume, and encourage spiritual growth at the same time."

Simpson University's Adult Studies program, which is geared toward working adults in the north state, began in 1989 when the school relocated to Redding from San Francisco.

Prior to this commencement, the highest number of graduates from the program was 91 in fall 2000.

SimpsonUniversity celebrates 20 years in Redding. Located at 2211 College View Drive Simpson University, is a Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson's academic programs also include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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