Local youth graduate from Simpson University

Simpson University in Redding awarded diplomas to 82 traditional undergraduate students who completed their degrees during the spring 2020 semester.

The following local students earned their degrees:

Meangeldil Azuma Malsol of Susanville. Azuma Malsol graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.

Silas LaGroue of Chester. LaGroue graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Mariah Moss of Susanville. Moss graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

Alli Ramelli of Portola. Ramelli graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.

Quenby Ramirez of Janesville. Ramirez graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.

The Class of 2020 faced an unprecedented final semester as the coronavirus pandemic prompted the shift to remote delivery of all classes in mid-March.

Simpson University President Norman Hall thanks students and faculty, who worked hard and adapted well to a difficult situation. “I am deeply grateful for all of you and your commitment,” he said. “Our students faced this hardship bravely, with a move to online learning, social distancing, housing changes, and the unexpected curtailment of their final weeks. For seniors, it meant an abrupt end to their time at Simpson, and our hearts ache for them.”

With spring commencement postponed, the university honored students remotely during graduation week. Students and their families were invited to meet with professors and classmates during a virtual “open house” event organized by major. Awards were presented during a Facebook video event that allowed viewers to offer congratulations in “real time” to students honored for their academic achievements and overall contributions to the Simpson community.

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