The Adler School community, along with family and friends, came together in Chicago and Vancouver this month to celebrate Commencement 2013—and the accomplishments of the School’s newest graduating classes of socially responsible practitioners.
Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., conferred the degrees at both campuses, joined onstage by Board of Trustees members and Adler School faculty who presented the graduates with their new academic hoods. Also recognizing the graduates during ceremonies were Wendy Paszkiewicz, Psy.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, in Chicago, and Larry Axelrod, Ph.D., Dean of the Vancouver Campus, in Vancouver.
At Chicago Campus Commencement on Oct. 20, giving the student address was Kyle D. Handley, Psy.D., who graduated with his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology.
“In receiving these degrees, each of us has been conferred a status in society that affords us a voice and a place at the table,” he said. “With this voice, we will have the opportunity to do a great many things, and how we decide to use that voice will define us as practitioners.”
Eboo Patel, Ph.D., founder and executive director, Interfaith Youth Core, gave the Commencement address in Chicago. He also received an honorary degree for his work to promote social justice and social change through activism and writing.
“You graduates of the Adler School create concert halls where people can hear the songs that make them believe this is their world,” he said. “You build stages where people can sing songs that make them take pride in who they are.”
At Vancouver Campus Commencement on Oct. 26, Dawson Wambolt addressed fellow graduates prior to receiving his Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.
“I look forward to a moment in the future when I check up on the names of Adler alumni who are here today, and get to learn how each of you have made a unique difference in the world, in whatever the direction your career has taken you,” he told the audience.
Therapist, broadcaster, writer, and social advocate David Berner gave the Commencement address in Vancouver. Recognized as a leading voice on drug and alcohol treatment methodology, he serves as executive director of The Drug Prevention Network of Canada, and a therapist at the Orchard Recovery Drug Treatment Centre and VisionQuest Recovery Society.
“Just because we have the power of human speech, that doesn’t mean that we always pay attention to what a special gift it is,” Berner told the graduates. “Understand that counseling and therapy are not normal, regular, casual conversations. This is a holy moment. You are calling upon people’s souls; you are asking their very core nature to step forth. The issues are tribal, archetypal, ancient, and universal. Fathers, mothers, sex, power, wisdom, fear. We are not in the land of Instagram and Twitter.”
About the Adler School
The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. The Adler School enrolls more than 1,200 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.
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