Shasta Lake Student Graduates with Honors from Simpson University

For Immediate Release

REDDING, Calif. - Cheryl Graham of Shasta Lake obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Simpson University's ASPIRE program during the university's commencement ceremony held Jan. 20 in the Heritage Student Life Center.

When asked how she felt about earning her degree, Graham replied, "I'm still processing it all! I'm the first in my family to earn my degree; it's a big deal and I'm just elated."

Graham was among over 100 student graduates during Simpson University's winter commencement. Of the undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded, 64 students earned their education through the ASPIRE program. ASPIRE is Simpson's accelerated degree-completion program through which working adults can earn their degree in as little as 16 months.

While earning her degree, Graham worked full-time as a case manager for the Child Abuse Prevention Council. Her goal is to continue her education and work as a marriage and family therapist. 

Graham graduated with a 3.9 GPA, making her eligible for Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honors society for ASPIRE students who receive a GPA of 3.8 or higher.

Graham spoke of relationships she made with classmates and professors while she earned her degree at Simpson University.

"I attended Simpson University because many people that I respect in the community earned their education there. I built strong relationships with my classmates and faculty members. I hope to come across them in my professional career," Graham said.

Among her fellow psychology classmates, Graham earned the distinction, "Most Likely to Earn a Master's Degree."


Contact: SU Public Relations
(530) 226-4737