SCARP grads' Planning adventure, already in progress

SCARP grads in regalia, arm-in-arm
On Thursday, November 23, a new cohort of SCARP grad students celebrated their graduation with loved ones, mentors, and peers.

For SCARP, while this milestone is a testament to their tremendous accomplishment, this ceremony of achievement could also be rightfully placed either earlier or later in their journeys: 

Even as students, the graduating class of Fall 2023 have accomplished extraordinary works in partnership with the larger BC community and earned professional networks, experience, and clout that will last them a lifetime. And, long after they are accredited with their degrees, SCARP grads continue to learn from each other and immerse in SCARP's community to access and share resources. 

A word to our graduates:

Planning is a pursuit of partnerships and learning, and in this century, at its best Planning is a pursuit of unpacking. As much as a School of Planning has knowledge and tools to share, the generation emerging now into their own is often defined by transcending insight and transformational movement. You have all seen beyond the world of today into what it is trying to become. Now you walk on, harbouring SCARP's tools and your own inspiration for what's possible.

That's why SCARP's vision is "Knowledge in Action - Planning in Partnership".

That's why Applied Science's vision is "Transforming Tomorrow".

That's why UBC's vision is "Tuum Est": "It is yours".

We're celebrating...

Eanimi Deborah AgubeMatthew Chung
Paul Boniface AkaabreAnastasia Crowther
Sheryl Amorocho CipagautaSydney Edwards
Jessica BallardHussein Elhagehassan
Marie-Gabrielle BechardChristopher French
Beatrice BorresNathaniel Goodwin Berry
Samantha BowenWilliam Harris
Rory BuckmanBryce Henney
Raj ChaudharyMarcus Jackson
Ming Wai ChungMelissa Johnston
Stephen JordanGrace Sherrell
Daniel LakeMarco Sotres
Henry LauMargaret Spence
JiWoo LeeXueqi Tan
Amy LiebenbergRuo Fan Wang
Benjamin MumfordAlison White
Ritapa NeogiTracy Wilkins
Madelaine ParentRuo Qing Wu
MacKenzie Schmidt 
Claire Shepansky 

Some words from a few of our graduates

Man in sweater among trees and buildings

Raj Chaudhary

Studio project
Humane Access to Public Washrooms

Here’s to 2 amazing years at SCARP, where our dreams had zoning regulations, our coffee had an urban density, and 'placemaking' became our favorite buzzword—cheers to late nights, colorful maps, and a roundabout way of making sense.

And oh, a side note to potential employers: Pick me, choose me, hire me!”"

Hussein graduating

Hussein Elhagehassan

Studio project
UBC-O's Climate Adaptation, Resilience and Biodiversity Strategy
Actions for a Climate Resilient Campus

"It has become clear to us that taking the world's challenges and creating happier and more resilient communities cannot be done within our own siloes. My hope is that, moving forward, we can all work outside of these siloes, challenge systems together, and stumble through these wicked problems together."

Woman in front of house's gate

Ritapa Neogi

Studio Project:

From Cars to Corridors
Land Use Strategies for Transit Supportive Corridors in Kelowna

"I grew up on SimCity 2000, National Geographic atlases, and the impact of ambitious light rail extensions to Washington County in Portland, Oregon. Though I studied urban planning upon decades of enthusiasm and lived experiences, working with driven and determined teammates has been the most fulfilling part of the journey."

SCARP grads marching to their ceremony, arm in arm
Two SCARP grads outfitted in their regalia
5 SCARP grads, afterwards, arm in arm
Director and grad


Congratulations grad class of Fall 2023! SCARP will always remain a community and resource hub for you, and you're just at the start of your adventure!

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