All in the family

Local student becomes 12th in family to graduate from Christian college
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On the first day of her college classes, Melissa Lloyd told her professors all about her parents. “It was fun to have the same professors as my parents did,” Lloyd said, in a press release. “My parents were good students, so it wasn’t a bad thing.” The Roseville High School graduate could have name-dropped her cousins, aunts and uncles who also attended Simpson University, a private Christian college in Redding. During the spring commencement ceremony April 30, Lloyd became the 12th member of her family to earn a Simpson degree. “I guess it just runs in the family,” she said. Lloyd earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies with highest honors. She completed the teaching credential courses and will begin student teaching in August. One of Lloyd’s aunts began the trend of attending Simpson University in 1972. Since then, family members have earned degrees in biblical literature, Christian education, psychology, cross-cultural studies and biblical studies. Her cousin Nathan Polk is currently majoring in history. Lloyd hadn’t planned to follow in her family’s footsteps until she visited the campus with her parents during an alumni appreciation weekend. “I think the reason I was hesitant to attend Simpson was because I didn’t want to feel forced,” she said. “But after I visited the campus and met professors, I fell in the love with it and knew I wanted to attend.” Lloyd’s mother, Lisa, met her future husband, Mark, while attending Simpson Bible College in San Francisco. “Watching Melissa graduate this weekend was really special because my husband and I returned to our alma mater,” Lisa Lloyd said. During college, Melissa Lloyd participated on the social action committee, served as a prayer leader in the dormitories, played soccer for two years and traveled to Uganda on a mission trip. ~ Sena Christian