WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Washington, D.C. campus of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) – the largest nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral science – will hold its first commencement ceremony October 12 with keynote speaker The Honorable James Kimonyo, ambassador of Rwanda to the U.S. The graduates will be comprised of nearly all women and at least half minority, and will be earning master's degrees in counseling and forensic psychology.
"The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is honored to have such a distinguished diplomat as Ambassador Kimonyo to provide instrumental guidance to our first graduating class," said Orlando Taylor, Ph.D., president of TCSPP Washington, D.C. campus. "Our students are walking away with not just degrees, but also a global perspective that gives them priceless opportunities to apply their knowledge in diverse communities anywhere in the world."
The institution's Washington campus serves approximately 300 students – a little more than 40 percent are African American and nearly 80 percent women – and the population is growing exponentially as more students from the local region and nationally enroll at the richly diverse campus.
"We are extremely proud of our first group of students to graduate at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology's Washington, D.C. campus," said Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods, TCSPP's national president. "They are now equipped with invaluable tools from both the classroom and thousands of hours of real-world experience to serve diverse communities and make a truly meaningful difference."
The campus is also preparing to launch its "Center for African Psychology" early next year, where students will have the opportunity to broaden their perspective by visiting African countries to study diverse cultures, and the campus, in turn, will host international students, faculty and partners. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has a growing international student body with students attending the institution from more than 30 countries. The institution recently announced the winners of its first Global Impact Scholarship, which encourages students to share their journey from their home country, and explore how their experiences combined with their education can give them the tools to apply psychological principles to international settings.
About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is the largest nonprofit, private graduate school devoted exclusively to psychology and related behavioral sciences. It serves more than 4,300 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (L.A., Irvine, Westwood); and Washington D.C. 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. Its community service initiatives have also earned it recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for five consecutive years. With more than 20 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 www.thechicagoschool.edu.
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