Simpson University Prepares for Spring Commencement

For Immediate Release


Spring Commencement 2017

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University will honor 185 graduates during its 10 a.m. outdoor spring commencement Saturday, April 29, on campus at 2211 College View Drive.

The keynote speaker will be Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall, appointed to the court in 2014. A graduate of Geneva College (Penn.) and the University of Kansas School of Law, Stegall formed Stegall & Associates law firm in Perry, Kan., in 2005, specializing in complex constitutional and commercial litigation.

During this time, he handled a variety of public cases, including successfully representing American missionaries who were charged with serious crimes in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there. Stegall was awarded the Kansas Bar Association’s 2010 Pro Bono Certificate for his work on behalf of the missionaries.

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The 2017 spring graduates include students from the School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies, School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, AW. Tozer Theological Seminary, and the School of Education.

Simpson traditionally holds graduation twice a year — an indoor ceremony in January for summer and fall grads, and an outdoor event in April for spring graduates.

Simpson University was founded in Seattle, Wash., in 1921, and moved to Redding in 1989. In addition to offering 24 four-year bachelor’s degrees in its traditional program, Simpson has also helped more than 3,500 North State residents complete their degrees through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program, which offers classes online and on campus. The School of Education, which offers master’s degrees and credentialing programs, has graduated more than 2,500 students, many of whom teach or serve as administrators in Northern California.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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