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Honorary degree recipient Theodore P. Remley, Jr., J.D., Ph.D. to Washington, D.C. Campus graduates: ‘Don’t focus on setbacks.’

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) (October 28, 2016) Dr. Theodore P. Remley, Jr. addressed Washington, D.C. Campus and Online graduates at the October 28th commencement ceremony by impressing upon them the importance of hard work for achieving success.

sheetsremleyn-woods400“I decided to pass on to you graduates some sage advice that has been handed out at graduation ceremonies like this one over the years by famous people from all walks of life,” he told the graduates. “…the bottom line to all of this wisdom is that this degree you’re earning isn’t enough to accomplish success. The degree gives you a tremendous advantage in our society, but the degree will pay off only if you continue to work hard.”

The Washington, D.C. Campus celebrated its fifth commencement ceremony with more than 115 graduates, many of whom were from The Chicago School’s Online Program. The Washington, D.C. Campus offers courses in 14 different psychology and behavioral programs, and concentrations. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is one of the leading nonprofit graduate institutions dedicated to psychology and behavioral health sciences.

 Dr. Remley is a professor of counseling at Our Lady of Holy Cross College and has directed counselor institutes in Italy, Ireland, Bhutan, Buenos Aires and Malawi. A national certified counselor, he has served as a former executive director of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings and is licensed as a professional counselor in several states.

“We were thrilled to have a scholar and professional of Dr. Remley’s stature and reputation share insights with our graduates, all of whom are prepared to go out into the world and impact the field, people and communities,” said Heather Sheets, Psy.D., campus dean, Washington, D.C. Campus. “Our campus has seen a number of successes in the past year, and Dr. Remley’s acceptance of our Honorary Degree of Letters is another accomplishment of which we are proud.”

The Washington, D.C. Campus has had much to celebrate this year. Its Clinical Psy.D. Program received a seven-year accreditation from the American Psychology Association; the campus was awarded a $50,000 grant for Business Psychology faculty to provide consultation regarding implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; and Dr. Catherine Roland, chair of its Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, assumed the role of president of the ACA.

Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology graduate Lindsay Keiser was chosen as student speaker, and also addressed her fellow graduates at the ceremony, while Dr. Tracy Dillinger (Chicago Campus Clinical Psy.D., 1994), manager of Safety Culture at NASA, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award.

Pictured above from left to right: Dr. Heather Sheets, Dr. Ted Remley and Dr. Michele Nealon, president, The Chicago School.

 About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The university serves nearly 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. Our San Diego Campus will open in fall 2017.The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. are accredited by the American Psychological Association. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

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