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Clinical Diversity in IPS Class of 2014 Graduates

Arlington, VA

“Health is based on the relationships found in community.”  These words of Dr. John Bruchalski, the Founder of the Tepeyac Center, gave insight into the meaning of what is behind the 2014 Commencement Exercises of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

May 22, 2014 was a celebration of the tremendous mission the graduates are undertaking as joyfully catholic mental health professionals the graduates are undertaking.  The diverse clinical experiences and the rigorous academic training have prepared the Master’s and Doctoral graduates the tools necessary to be a transformational leader in the field of psychology.

The celebration began with a Baccalaureate Mass in the Crypt Chapel of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The newly formed IPS Choir lifted the celebration in music and song with accompanying organ, trumpet and violin interludes.

IPS President Rev. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., presided, alongside Doctoral candidate Rev. Joseph Tatro and M.S. Graduate Rev. Keith Chylinski and others.

In the homily, Rev. Charles Sikorsky, exhorted students to remain in the love of Christ, as they become missionaries to a wounded culture.  “You have made the right choice by allowing God’s light to shine on your professional lives.  Rather than curse the darkness, you have chosen to go out and make a difference.”

Following the Mass, John T. Bruchalski, M.D., received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Fr. Sikorsky. He then addressed the graduates encouraging them to incorporate the best of modern medicine with the healing presence of Jesus Christ.

Twenty-two graduates received Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and eight their Doctorates in Clinical Psychology. Rev. Keith Chylinksi, M.S., was given the Student Leadership Award, Lisa Klewicki, Ph.D., the Faculty Excellence Award, and Nancy Flynn, the President’s Service Award.

Friends, family and graduates gathered for a reception in the Memorial Hall to conclude the celebration.

See photos of the ceremony here.