Spring Commencement

  • Simpson University Commencement Activities


    Watch Recorded Ceremony

    It happened to be a very windy day, so the audio quality of the video isn’t great. Fortunately, our speaker has published his speech here: Walt Mueller’s 2016 Commencement Address to Simpson University

    Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. for ASPIRE, Traditional Undergraduates and Master Degree Graduates
    Commencement will be held on the lawn at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Traditional Undergraduates must arrive no later than 8:00 a.m. to robe. Master Degree Graduates must arrive no later than 8:30 a.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.

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

    Friday, April 29, 2016 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.

  • 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. 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) 226-4111 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