U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter to Palo Alto University Graduating Class: Encourage Others to Seek College Education

Jun 05, 2010, 16:10 ET from Palo Alto University

STANFORD, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Under Secretary Martha Kanter gave the commencement address to the graduating class of Palo Alto University (PAU). The 2010 graduating class is the first under the university's new name which was previously Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP).

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During her address, Kanter charged the students with two goals – to meet the changing needs of our time by serving others and to encourage others to seek a college education. Kanter pointed to the graduating class' responsibility to community service as future influencers in the field of Psychology.

"Realize your full potential by helping others," said Kanter. "Work towards the goals of practical idealism …and pursue a vision that is greater than yourself."

During a dinner held on Friday, June 4, Kanter outlined her goals for education – improve access, quality and achievement. She emphasized the need to raise academic standards at all levels of education and echoed President Obama's vision of having the best educated, most accomplished workforce in the world.

Kanter, the chancellor for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District from 2003 to 2009 and a longtime advocate for community colleges, played a special role for the PAU students who were receiving their undergraduate degrees, most of whom transferred to PAU from Bay Area community colleges. Working with PAU president Allen Calvin, Ph.D., Kanter helped develop a partnership between Foothill-De Anza Community College District and PAU through which community college students were able to transfer seamlessly to PAU's undergraduate psychology program.

About Palo Alto University

Founded in 1975, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology reincorporated to Palo Alto University in 2009. Combining the advantages of a professional school with a traditional university, Palo Alto University provides undergraduate and graduate students small class sizes with renowned faculty and impressive clinical training resources through the university's cooperative relationships with Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, De Anza-Foothill College District and Palo Alto Veterans Health Administration. The positive results of this strategy can be seen in students' placement in high quality internships, outstanding test scores on the licensing examination, and successful careers. For more information, please visit www.paloaltou.edu.

SOURCE Palo Alto University