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The Washington, D.C. Campus Celebrates Commencement

(Washington, D.C.) (October 31, 2018) Featuring 135 graduates from the Washington, D.C. and Online campuses, the October 26th Washington, D.C. Campus commencement ceremony capped off an exhilarating commencement season for The Chicago School.

Between enthusiastic cheers of encouragement from the audience, graduates heard from an impressive lineup of speakers that included Honorary Degree Recipient Bertha Holliday, Ph.D., a community psychologist, former senior director, APA Ethnic Minority Affairs and lifelong civil rights advocate; and TCSPP University President Michele Nealon, Psy.D.

“It is now up to each of you to find your place in the world and to define who exactly you want to be, and where you want to leave your mark,” Dr. Nealon told the graduates. “Your legacy is one that will develop over time, but if we have done our jobs well, it will be forever rooted in the mission you have come to know and that we all believe in so fervently.”

Dr. Holliday, who proudly shared how she walked her first picket line at the age of five, encouraged the graduates to use their newfound privilege as holders of advanced degrees to affect change in the world. She reminded them that with privilege should come responsibility.

“…through work and commitment, one’s privilege, connections and authority can be used in a variety of ways to positively impact social justice issues,” she promised. “…in today’s world of divisiveness and zero-sum games, there are plenty of opportunities for you to engage in that type of direct effort where you can master the ethos, tactics and strategies of social justice and change.  In addition, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology…has well-armed you with the necessary tools for enhancing social justice throughout the world.”

Student Speaker De Andra Judge, M.A., a recent graduate of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program reminded her fellow graduates that as new alumni of The Chicago School they are well equipped to create change and have an impact, while Distinguished Alumnae Rachel Altvater, Psy.D. wanted them to remember as they forge a new path, “You have talent. You are capable. And, you belong.”


About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private school devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral health sciences. The Chicago School is an affiliate of TCS, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact. The institution serves approximately 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego); Washington, D.C.; and Dallas as well as through online programs. 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 and behavioral health education. To learn more, visit