The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Graduates More Than 550 Doctoral and Master Candidates At Its 29th Commencement Ceremony



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Dr. Janet E. Helms, noted author on racial dentity, delivered the keynote address 

(CHICAGO) (August 6, 2013)The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP)—one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology and the fields of behavioral and health sciences—graduated more than 550 Doctoral and Master Candidates, and welcomed an additional 3,000 family members and guests during its 29th commencement ceremony at the Arie Crown Theater, McCormick Center on July 26. TCSPP-Chicago Campus graduates were from 29 different psychology programs offered by the institution. Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, National President, TCSPP, and Dr. Patricia Arredondo, President, TCSPP Chicago Campus led the ceremony.

“I asked the graduates to stand and applaud all who made their achievement possible. The applause and cheers of appreciation were loud and enthusiastic. Commencement is truly an event for families/familias; a day to remember,” stated Dr. Arredondo.

Janet E. Helms, Ph.D., noted author on racial identity, was presented with an Honorary Degree and delivered the commencement address “Race Matters in a Post Racial Society.” She proposed that racism is in hiding beneath many of the issues of social injustice and asked graduates to encourage family and friends, who might not have had the benefit of a social justice education, to join them in acknowledging racism and takings steps to eliminate it.

Representative of the Graduating Class, Charlotte Hasson, Ph.D. shared her TCSPP International Psychology Program experience of traveling to Ghana as an example of utilizing education to reach people in dark and seemingly hopeless places.

Sarah Schmidt, Psy.D. and a 2004 TCSPP graduate received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Schmidt is the founder and principal of Sarah Schmidt Consulting, LLC; a practice dedicated to consultation and coaching for closely held and non-profit organizations.

TCSPP’s Clinical Counseling Program graduated 111 candidates this year, which is the largest group in the history of the school’s graduation. TCSPP’s Chicago Campus has graduated nearly 3,500 students since it opened its doors in 1979. The Clinical Forensic Psy.D. Program had its first three graduates since the program was established.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral and health sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Los Angeles and branches in Irvine and Westwood; and Washington D.C., as well as online programs. The institution is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and its Clinical Psychology doctoral program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. A member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years, and the Los Angeles Campus gained its first award this year. With more than 17 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is a leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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