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(CHICAGO)—“If you’re going to be a good leader, you need to be self-aware; get a PhD. in yourself,” were the words of advice Christopher B. Howard, PhD gave to the more than 430 students graduating from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s (TCSPP) Chicago Campus, which offers courses in 29 different psychology and behavioral programs and concentrations. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is one of the leading nonprofit graduate institutions devoted exclusively to the study of psychology, and related behavioral health sciences.

As one of the most distinguished scholars in the country, Howard was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and to serve as speaker at the University’s 37th commencement. Dr. Howard earned a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford and an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is currently the eighth president of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

“We were honored to have a scholar of Howard’s distinction address our graduating students, who are ready to go out into the world and become change makers in our profession,” said Tiffany Masson, PhD, campus dean, The Chicago School’s Chicago Campus. “His many accomplishments—university president, presidential appointee, Rhodes scholar—to name just a few, as well as his words of wisdom greatly resonated with our students and provided hope for many of their ambitions.”

“I was honored to be asked by this august institution to serve as speaker,” Howard said to the applause of the audience. “Mental health is so important. Thank you for going into this noble profession. Thank you for your service.”


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