Simpson University to Graduate 200-Plus Students on April 25

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University will honor 224 graduates on April 25 during its 10 a.m. outdoor spring commencement on the campus at 2211 College View Drive.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, based in Washington, D.C. The council has more than 180 member institutions worldwide.

The graduates include 156 traditional undergraduates—the largest graduating class since at least 2006—as well as graduates from the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE degree-completion), School of Education, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

It will be the first commencement ceremony featuring four-year nursing students since the university’s new Science and Nursing Center opened in the fall.

This year’s graduates also include Simpson University’s first Spanish double majors. A Spanish Language and Culture degree is the newest traditional undergraduate program, designed to enhance job prospects for students wishing to add it as a second major.

“Spanish is a natural fit for our native Spanish-speaking population,” said Debora Rager, assistant professor of Spanish. “Incoming students who have studied Spanish in high school or community college can quickly jump into the program.”

Simpson traditionally holds graduation twice a year — an indoor ceremony in January for summer and fall grads, and an outdoor event in April for spring graduates.

Simpson University was founded in Seattle, Wash., 1921. During its 25 years in Redding, the Christian university has grown from 200 to more than 1,300 students. In addition to offering 24 four-year bachelor’s degrees in its traditional program, Simpson has also helped nearly 3,500 North State residents complete their degrees through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE) program, which offers classes online and on campus.

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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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