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Dr. Stephen Hayes

Media Advisory/Press Release

Gerald Chertavian, a “Thoroughly Modern Do-Gooder,” is Commencement Speaker for the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology

MSPP confers 45 doctorates in clinical psychology, 47 master’s degrees and eight certificates of advanced graduate study

June 3, 2010–Boston (West Roxbury), MA—There are two ways to increase employment for young blacks and Latinos, said President Barack Obama at a press conference on June 23, 2009. One—“get the whole economy moving again” and two—duplicate the efforts of programs like one he visited in honor of Father’s Day that year. That program, known as Year Up, helps inner city youth prepare for the corporate world, not only technically but also right down to the way to dress and write an email, said Obama. On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the founder of Year Up, Gerald Chertavian, will give the keynote address at the 2010 commencement for the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).

  • What: MSPP 2010 Commencement
  • Who: Gerald Chertavian commencement speaker; MSPP faculty, staff, and graduates; and two honorary doctoral candidates.
  • When: Sunday, June 6, 2010, 1:00 pm
  • Where: Four Point Sheraton, Norwood, MA

“This is an extremely successful businessman who has taken his talent for business and put it to use guiding young people,” says Dr. Nicholas Covino, president of MSPP. “His focus on the disparities in our society and the need for the more fortunate of us to give back is central to the educational and public service philosophy and mission of MSPP.

“We believe that Gerald Chertavian has a very special message for new MSPP grads that will remind them of these values and inspire them as they venture out into a diverse and challenging work environment themselves.”

Chertavian was recently named in a New York Times op-ed piece, along with others like Bill Gates, as one of a new breed of “do-gooders.” According to columnist David Brooks, people like Chertavian have “plenty of resume bling,” dress like venture capitalists and yet have the hearts and dedication of social activists.

A Harvard Business School honors graduate, Chertavian founded Year Up in 2001 following the sale of his international Internet company Conduit Communications, the last stop in a corporate career that took him from Wall Street to London and throughout the world. From 1993 to 1998, Conduit ranked as one of England’s fastest growing companies.

Chertavian will share his thoughts and inspiration with 45 candidates for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD), seven for the Master’s in Forensic and Counseling Psychology (MA), 17 for the master’s in Organizational Psychology (MA), eight Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study in School Psychology (CAGS), and 23 for the Master’s in Counseling Psychology (MA.)

He will also join two other distinguished guests in receiving honorary doctor of letters degrees. The two other honorees are Shani Dowd, who is the Director of Culture InSight at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and an MSPP trustee, and Dr. Richard Mollica, who is the Director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.

Founded in 1974 as a non-profit institution of higher education, the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. The School assumes an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines in order to meet the evolving mental health needs of society. MSPP is committed to bringing psychologists into nearly every facet of modern life.

Updated 6/14/10

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