Southern California Graduation 2012



(LOS ANGELES) (October 12, 2012)—The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) – the largest nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral science – will hold its commencement ceremony October 20 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium for students from the Los Angeles, Westwood and Irvine campuses.  This year’s keynote speaker is Stephen Peck, M.S.W., president & CEO of U.S. Vets, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support to veterans nationwide. “This is a time of great pride for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as we prepare to send off the next generation of professionals to serve a richly diverse community at a time when we need them most,” said Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, TCSPP’s national president. “This event is the culmination of years of study, research and thousands of hours of real-world experience with the common goal of enriching the lives of others.”

As a Marine Corps Lieutenant in Vietnam, serving with the 1st Marine Division near Danang, Peck is uniquely aware of the challenges veterans face in returning to life in the mainstream. Peck, who has worked with veterans for more than twenty years, will speak to the graduating class about the importance of supporting our active duty service members and veterans, and help them lead full lives after giving so much to the country. 

In fact, TCSPP holds the coveted “Military Friendly School” title for 2012 and 2013 from GI Jobs Magazine for providing a supportive environment for veteran students. The institution is funding 24 “Yellow Ribbon Scholarships” in the amount of $2,500 each for qualified veteran students across all campuses to cover the financial gap between the cost of tuition and students’ GI Bill funding. As an ongoing effort, TCSPP also funds the National Veterans Initiative that includes key programs supporting veterans and their families, including Home Again, The U.S. Veterans Project and Individual Assessment.

This year’s graduating students from the Southern California campuses will receive master’s and Psy.D. degrees in applied behavioral analysis, business, clinical, industrial/organizational, marriage/family and somatic psychology.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit graduate schools dedicated exclusively to the applications of psychology and related behavioral sciences. The school is a member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized TCSPP for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The school’s community service initiatives have earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five consecutive years. The Chicago Campus of TCSPP was one of only 115 schools in the nation to receive the 2010 Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning for its significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement. Campuses are located in Chicago; Los Angeles, Westwood, and Irvine, California; and Washington, D.C. Doctoral psychology programs and masters psychology programs are offered on-ground and in an Online format. For more information, visit


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