• Simpson University Commencement Activities


    Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. for Traditional Undergraduate, ASPIRE, and Master Degree Graduates
    Commencement will be held on the lawn at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Traditional Undergraduate students must arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. ASPIRE Students must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Master Degree graduates must arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. to robe. Commencement will be approximately one and a half to two hours long.

    We are pleased to announce our speaker this year will be Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D. Hoogstra became the seventh president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in September 2014 after serving at her alma mater, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), first as a member of the Board of Trustees and then as the vice president for student life for 15 years. While at Calvin, Hoogstra also served as a cabinet member and was co-host of Inner Compass, a nationally televised show on PBS. Prior to her tenure at Calvin, Hoogstra spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law and has been admitted to practice law in the states of Michigan and Connecticut, as well as the U.S. District Courts of Michigan, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the U.S. Tax Court.

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

    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:30 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 24, 2015 at 6 p.m.

    Students, who will be attending Baccalaureate, will be asked to report to LaBaume-Rudat room 101 to have their picture taken at 6 p.m. Students should have their gowns for the baccalaureate ceremony later that evening, but do not need to bring their caps.


    Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m.

    Baccalaureate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Heritage 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.

    ASPIRE Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) Induction Ceremony:

    Alpha Sigma Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6 p.m.

    Students qualified for ASL will receive letters with more information. ASL students will be asked to report to LaBaume-Rudat room 101 to have their picture taken at 5 p.m. After pictures, ASL students need to check-in for the ASL Ceremony at 5:40 p.m. with robes (no caps). The ceremony begins at 6 p.m.

  • 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

    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. If graduation is indoors, the Traditional Undergraduates’ ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., and Master and ASPIRE students’ ceremony will be held at 2 p.m.

  • 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 530-226-4111 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: