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The Adler School Celebrates Class of 2012 at Commencements in Chicago and Vancouver 10.30.12
The Adler School Celebrates Class of 2012 at Commencements in Chicago and Vancouver

The Adler School community, along with family and friends, came together in Chicago and Vancouver this month to celebrate Commencement 2012—and the accomplishments of the School’s newest graduating classes of socially responsible practitioners.

This fall, 224 graduates received their Master of Arts degree, and 59 received their Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School at its Chicago Campus. In Vancouver, 86 students graduated from the School’s Master of Arts programs. 

The graduates are now among the 3,469 practitioners worldwide who have graduated from the Adler School, North America’s oldest independent psychology school, celebrating 60 years of social interest since its founding in 1952. 

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., Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, in Chicago, and Larry Axelrod, Ph.D. Dean of the Vancouver Campus, in Vancouver.

In Chicago, giving the student address was Barbara Ann Szulc, who graduated with her Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology degree.

“Adler School graduates are individuals for whom socially responsible practice, community engagement, and social justice are woven integrally into the very fibers of our beings,” Szulc told the Class of 2012. “We stand at a threshold today, transitioning from student to practitioner, with sleeves rolled up, ready to work.”

“At the Adler School, our commitment to community gives us an edge and sets us apart as we work to challenge the status quo in order to transform systems of power, privilege and exclusivity, to those of inclusion, accessibility and mutuality. We are guided by the idea that our health depends on the health of our community life, and hold that everyone deserves a good life, one free of unnecessary suffering and pain. What we want for ourselves, we want for others.”

Click here to read Barbara Ann Szulc’s address to her fellow graduates.

Also speaking was renowned National Public Radio (NPR) and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) journalist Maria Hinojosa. In addition to addressing the graduates, Hinojosa received an honorary degree from the Adler School for her work in promoting social justice and inclusion. 

Click here to visit the Adler School Facebook page for Commencement 2012 photos.

In Vancouver, Ellen Schlesinger addressed fellow graduates prior to receiving her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.

“Our journey of becoming counsellors began long before our time at Adler, before completing our pre-requisite courses, collecting references, and filling out our application form,” Schlesinger told the audience.

“It began with a wish—a desire, a calling, a want, a need—to help others. We began this journey of becoming counsellors because we wanted to effect change in the lives of others, in the most personal, intimate, and sacred way: through the counselling relationship. We are, as Adlerian psychology describes, socially interested people.”

Click here to read Ellen Schlesinger’s address to her fellow graduates.

The Adler School was honored to welcome social justice activist Vikki Reynolds, Ph.D., RCC, as its Vancouver Commencement  speaker. Committed to social justice and an activist against oppression for more than 30 years, Reynolds is active with organizations throughout Vancouver including Peak House, Woman Against Violence Against Women, All Genders Wellness Clinic, and Rain City Housing Society in the Downtown Eastside.

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for 60 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
Adler School of Professional Psychology
312-662-4124 or via email