A Degree of Success: December Commencement Held

Simpson College celebrated academic success on Dec. 14 as 95 candidates for degree were recognized during December Commencement exercises.

Commencement ceremonies have been a highlight of the academic calendar since 1870, but the December event is relatively recent, having begun in 2009.

The ceremony included 82 students who are candidates for a Bachelor of Arts degree, 10 students who are candidates for a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree, two students who are candidates for a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree, and one student who is a candidate for a Bachelor of Music degree.

Students Madison Boswell and Jessica Hazelton offered their reflections.

The candidates for degree were presented by Steven J. Griffith, senior vice president and academic dean, and the diplomas were presented by President Jay Simmons and the Rev. Mara Bailey, Simpson’s chaplain.

Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson was the speaker. She offered the graduates words of advice taken from the book, “Choosing Gratitude 365 Days a Year,” which she wrote with her husband, James A. Autry.