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Summer Commencement ceremony takes place Aug. 17

The University of Denver Summer Commencement ceremony for undergraduate and graduate students will take place Aug. 17 on Carnegie Green. Approximately 500 students are expected to participate. Peter Buirski, Graduate School of Professional Psychology dean, will be the speaker.

The Graduate School of Professional Psychology celebrated its 30th year in April. In its 30-year history, the school has graduated more than 1,000 students.

Buirski came to DU 16 years ago from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he was a professor and psychology department chairperson.

He received a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University, and he completed his training as a psychoanalyst at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health.

Buirski’s early research interests centered on baboon and chimpanzee personalities, which he pursued through field work in Kenya and Tanzania.

Since coming to DU, Buirski has focused on “intersubjective systems theory,” a clinical perspective he applies to his clinical work with adults and couples. 

He is the co-author of Making Sense Together: The Intersubjective Approach to Psychotherapy (Jason Aronson, 2001) and the author of Practicing Intersubjectively (Jason Aronson, 2005). He also co-edited New Developments in Self Psychology Practice, which will be published in October.

Live streaming video of the ceremony will be Webcast from DU’s Commencement site. 

For those participating in person, students will need to arrive at Warren Circle Drive by 8 a.m. Guests should be seated by 8:30. A processional march will start 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. 

In case of rain, the ceremony will be moved to the Hamilton Gymnasium in the Ritchie Center.

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