Simpson University Commencement Activities
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Commencement ceremonies will be held on the practice field, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Masters and Traditional Undergraduates must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to robe. ASPIRE Graduates must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. to robe. Commencement will be approximately one and a half to two hours long.
About the Speaker: Kansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall
Caleb Stegall, 45, was appointed to the court by Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in December 2014, following a tenure on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Prior to that, he served as chief counsel to the governor, making him the top legal adviser in the Kansas executive branch.
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.
From 2009 to 2011, Stegall also served as the elected county attorney for Jefferson County, Kan. As the county’s lead prosecutor, he oversaw a full-time staff and personally handled the most serious prosecutions, including cases of murder, rape, crimes against children, and white-collar financial crimes, among others.
Mandatory for traditional daytime undergraduates and RN-BSN graduates only; master students are welcome, but not required.
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Commencement rehearsal will take place in LaBaume-Rudat room 204 and attendance is mandatory for all traditional daytime undergraduate students planning to participate in the commencement ceremony.
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7 p.m.
Baccalaureate will begin at 7 p.m. in the James M. Grant Student Life Center at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Graduates need to wear their graduation gowns (no caps or cords) and should arrive by 6:40 p.m. for the processional.
Parking is available in any open lot on campus. Parking attendants will assist you in find a place to park. (Please bear in mind that parking is limited and carpooling is strongly recommended.)
Cap & Gown Information
TUG graduates: Caps and gowns will be distributed at a new event called the Grad Finale. This will be your only opportunity to pick up your caps and gowns. Please watch your Simpson University email for more details.
RN-BSN and Masters Graduates: Your caps and gowns will be available for pick up in the Registrar’s Office between Monday, April 17, 2017 and Friday, April 28, 2017 by 4:30 p.m.
Note to all graduates: All caps and gowns must be picked up prior to the Commencement rehearsal on Friday, April 28, 2017 (4:30 p.m.).
Tickets are not required to attend the outdoor spring commencement ceremony. Please Note: In the event of a weather emergency (such as rain) that forces the ceremony indoors to the Heritage Student Life Center, tickets will be required. A live viewing of the ceremony will be available in the dining center. Graduates will receive tickets for their guests based on the capacity of the gym.
Graduation Announcements & Accessories
Graduation announcements and accessories are available through Jostens. Students may also call Jostens toll-free at 1-800-854-7464. Announcements take 2-3 weeks to be sent, once they are ordered.
For more information, please call the Registrar’s Office (530) 226-4726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Graduation information packets will be sent to graduates closer to the ceremony date.
If you need to stay in Redding overnight, Simpson University has reserved a block of rooms at the Oxford Suites - Redding on Hilltop Drive. They are providing a special rate if you are staying there due to the event at Simpson University. Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-762-0133. A list of other lodging options is available at http://simpsonu.edu/wheretostay.