• Simpson University Commencement Activities


    Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. for all graduates
    Commencement will be held on the lawn at Simpson University, 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Masters and Traditional Undergraduates must arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Aspire graduates must arrive no later than 9 a.m. Commencement will be approximately one and a half to two hours long.

    Winter Grad Finale / Commencement Rehearsal:

    Mandatory for TUG and Master's Graduates

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
    Commencemen rehearsal will take place in LaBaume-Rudat room 204 and attendance is mandatory for all TUG, RN-BSN, and Masters students planning to participate in the commencement ceremony. Students will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony if they do not attend this mandatory rehearsal.


    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7 p.m.

    Baccalaureate will begin at 7 p.m. in the James M. Grant Student Life Center at Simpson University, 2111 College View Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Graduates need to wear their graduation gowns (no caps or cords) and should arrive by 6:40 p.m. for the processional.

  • 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

    TUG Graduates: Caps and gons will be distributed at an event called Grad Finale. This will be your only opportunity to pick up your caps and gowns. Please watch your Simpson University email for more details.

    RN-BSN and Masters Graduates: Your caps and gowns will be available for pick-up in the Registrar's Office between Monday, April 15, 2019 and Friday, April 26, 2019 by 3:30 p.m.

    ASPIRE:The ASPIRE Office will contact students once caps and gowns are ready to pick up in their office.

    Note to all graduates: All caps and gowns must be picked up prior to the commencement rehearsal on Friday, April 26, 2019 (3:30 p.m.).

  • Weather Contingency / Ticket Information

    Although tickets are not required to attend the OUTDOOR spring commencement ceremony, please note that a weather emergency (such as rain or the grass on the field being too wet due to previous rain) may force the ceremony INDOORS to the James. M. Grant Student Life Center. In this case, tickets will be required. This determination will be made on Friday, April 19,2019 with an email update to graduates on the same date.

    NOTE: Graduates will receive no more than 8 tickets for their guests. This number is based on fire codes, the number of walking graduates, and 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.

  • URGENT - Graduation Accommodations

    If you need to stay in Redding overnight, please reserve rooms ASAP! "Kool April Nites" is during the same time as our commencement ceremony so many hotels are already booked up.