Simpson University Holds Winter Commencement

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ASPIRE graduate Jennifer WagnerPhoto by Matt Murnan / ASPIRE graduate Jennifer Wagner, a mother of four who earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, smiles at other graduates during a Jan. 23, 2016, commencement ceremony at Simpson University.

REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University honored nearly 200 graduates during two commencement ceremonies Saturday, Jan. 23, inside the Heritage Student Life Center on campus.

At 10 a.m., about 110 students from the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE degree-completion program) were recognized. At 2 p.m., students in the traditional undergraduate program graduated, along with those earning master’s degrees from the School of Education, School of Graduate Professional Studies, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, as well as RN-BSN Track graduates.

Margaret Giovannetti, adjunct professor of business and adult studies, was the featured speaker. She worked in the financial industry before earning her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and practicing law. She has taught at Simpson University since 2002, specializing in business law and ethics.

Following Saturday’s graduations, Simpson’s School of Education honored 21 new teachers during a medallion ceremony designed to recognize those who have completed student teaching.

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

Founded in 1921, Simpson University has been in Redding for more than 25 years. Its newest programs include four-year bachelor's degrees in political science, biotechnology, and nursing, and an online master of arts in organizational leadership.

More than 3,500 North State residents have completed their bachelor’s degrees through Simpson’s ASPIRE program, which offers classes online and on campus during evenings and weekends.

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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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