Simpson University Pinning Ceremony to Honor 35 Nursing Students

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University’s School of Nursing will honor its first four-year nursing graduates since the university opened a new Science and Nursing Center during a special ceremony on Thursday, April 23.

The 6 p.m. event, during which 35 graduates will receive their nursing pins from family or friends, will be in the Heritage Student Life Center on campus. It will include video messages from the graduates and a candlelight recitation of the Florence Nightingale pledge by all nurses in attendance.

The 30 women and five men include 25 North State residents—21 from Shasta County, three from Tehama County, one from Siskiyou County. They completed their final year of nursing in the university’s two-story Science and Nursing Center, which opened in September 2014.

Simpson University started a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program in 2011, four years after the launch of a 16-month RN-BSN Track program for registered nurses. The School of Nursing, under Dean Kristie Stephens, encompasses both programs.

This year’s graduation brings the total of four-year nursing graduates from Simpson University to 81. Of the 46 students in the first two graduating classes, 33 are employed in healthcare facilities in the North State.

Simpson University partners with 12 North State healthcare agencies, and students do clinical rotations at many of these locations, including Mercy and Shasta Regional medical centers, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Red Bluff, Restpadd, public and mental health facilities in Shasta and Tehama counties, and long-term care agencies.

North State hospitals have also utilized the university’s Science and Nursing Center, which contains state-of-the-art simulation labs, for training for their nurses.

The keynote speaker at Thursday’s ceremony will be Dianne Livingston, manager care coordination at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, and a former nursing professor at Simpson.

Seven members of the class of 2015 were among 11 nursing students inducted into the university’s Honor Society of Nursing earlier this spring. The honor society also includes 16 graduates from 2013 and 2014.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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