Dear ECPS Graduates (see below for a list of graduates),
Twice every year, we get to pause and acknowledge the tremendous accomplishment that is graduation. Every time, it is with renewed pleasure and enthusiasm that we get to express our recognition for the exceptional effort all of you have put in to reach this special moment. It is therefore with a great sense of privilege that we are sending this message in recognition of your accomplishment today. We are aware that this is one step in a much larger journey, and we want to joyfully wish you all the best as you embark on the next stages of your professional and academic life.
We also want to honour the fact that your accomplishments have happened during a time of unprecedented global upheaval. None of you anticipated that the last two years your program would be an unpredictable mix of virtual and face-to-face learning. Thankfully, you get to celebrate your graduation live, with your peers, your parents, and your loved ones. We want to celebrate and applaud the resilience you have shown, as well as your ability to be flexible and to adjust to new learning situations. Your efforts have been real and our recognition is heartfelt.
We believe that one day, we will all look back on this time, and remember how we did things in ways that we never thought we could. It will add to the value of what you are celebrating today. You will all have graduated at a notable moment in time, and it is important to recognize the unique conditions you faced leading up to your graduation.
We offer our sincerest congratulations to each and all of you. We will be in attendance as you graduate and we are pleased to be able to share these sentiments in person, with the larger UBC community. Do know that this virtual message is not any less meaningful or less well-intended. You should all be incredibly proud of yourselves, and we hope that each of you will be able to celebrate this memorable day with those close to you.
Best wishes to all of you.
Jenna Shapka and Serge Lacroix, on behalf of all ECPS faculty and staff
Jennifer D Shapka, PhD
ECPS Professor and Head
Owen Lo, PhD
ECPS Associate Professor and Department Graduate Advisor (Student Affairs)
Congratulations to the following Fall 2022 ECPS Graduates:
Rachel (Rou Chen) Lin
Jane Yi Chen Ding
Fatemehsadat Heravi Moussavi