• Simpson University Commencement Activities


    Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for ASPIRE graduates and 2 p.m. for traditional undergraduates and master degree graduates
    Commencement ceremonies will be held in the James M. Grant Student Life Center, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Traditional undergraduate and master's students must arrive no later than 1 p.m. to robe. ASPIRE graduates must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. to robe. Commencement will be approximately one and a half to two hours long.

    Watch 10 a.m. Ceremony

    Watch 2 p.m. Ceremony

    About the Speaker: Dr. Rick Fauss

    Dr. Rick FaussRick Fauss has served as an educator for the past thirty-six years, and the last sixteen as a superintendent. He currently serves as the superintendent of the Redding School District and the New Millennium Partnership that includes the Shasta Union Elementary and Igo-Ono-Platina Union School districts. Rick received his BA in Speech from Point Loma Nazarene University, his MA in Educational Leadership from Cal State San Bernardino and his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

    For the past four years, Rick has served as an adjunct professor at Simpson University in the Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. He and his wife, Karen, have three adult children and six grandchildren. They spend much of their free time with family and serving in the music department of their local church. They also love to bicycle the trails of Redding and Ashland, Oregon. Rick is a member of the Redding Rotary Club and has been a Rotarian for the past 16 years.

    Commencement Rehearsal: (Mandatory for traditional daytime undergraduates only, master students are welcome, but not required)

    January 20, 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.

  • Parking

    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

    Caps and gowns are available for pick up two weeks prior to the ceremony in Suite 201 of the Owens Student Services Center for traditional daytime undergraduates and masters students. ASPIRE students can pick up their cap and gown in the ASPIRE office. Graduates may claim these items two weeks prior to the ceremony. If you are unable to pick up your cap and gown, they will be available for you to obtain at commencement rehearsal or the day of the ceremony.

  • Tickets

    Commencement (10 a.m. - ASPIRE): Tickets required for this event. Please connect with your graduate for more information.

    Commencement (2 p.m. - TUG/Master): No tickets are required this event."

  • 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 Graduation information packets will be sent to graduates closer to the ceremony date.

  • Graduation Accommodations

    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