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Lena McGuirk Porell 

Master of Science in Urban Planning ’20

Vice President, GPS

  • Leadership Award
  • Planning Excellence Award
  • Excellence in Planning Research Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Outstanding GPA

Home Town
Needham, Massachusetts

Master’s Project
Planning Study of Tucson’s Neighborhoods and Displacement Trends


She cannot decide what she desires, but today it is enough
that she desires and desires. That she is a body
in the world, wanting, the wind itself becoming
her own wild whisper.

  – Ada Limón, “The Widening Road”

Comments: 7

  • Frank Porell

    May 15, 2020

    Congratulations on your graduation and the awards! The awards give recognition to your contributions to the program and school over the last two years. We are sad that we cannot be with you in person in this time of celebration but we are with you in our hearts! We are proud to be your parents…

  • Carol Cocheres

    May 15, 2020


    Congratulations, We are happy for you and very proud of you.

    Aunt Carol and Uncle Lou

  • Marjorie Porell

    May 15, 2020

    “There are those who say that life is like a book, with chapters for each event in your life and a limited number of pages on which you can spend your time. But I prefer to think that a book is like a life, particularly a good one, which is well to worth staying up all night to finish.” Lemony Snicket

    Congratulations, Lena.
    XX MOM

  • Rosemary McGuirk

    May 15, 2020

    Congratulations! Your distinguished awards show you are a graduate with much to offer the world. We are very proud of you and wish you all the best.
    Uncle Mark and Aunt Rosemary

  • Christina Baum

    May 15, 2020

    Congratulations Lena!!! Your hard work during your program was so apparent and I appreciate your work ethic. Congrats on your award– you deserve it. Best of luck in your next endeavors!

  • Graham Porell

    May 16, 2020

    Congratulations Lena!!! So proud of you! You have a bright future! Wish we could be there celebrating with you!


  • Paul Porell

    May 21, 2020

    Please accept our congratulations as well. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that the goal of true education is intelligence plus character. You have always demonstrated both, and we know that you will work hard to make our world a better and more interesting place.

    Uncle Paul and Aunt Sheila


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