At End of Course on 16 November, ICHM celebrated students’ academic achievement, especially the groundbreakers who completed the first semester of the new Masters Degree.
Milestone was the theme of this semester’s End of Course Ceremony.
For third and fourth years, completing the academic component of their studies marks a significant milestone. But for Masters students, this End of Course was even more special as they are the first to enrol in ICHM’s Masters Degree.
Master of Ceremonies Derek Milligan congratulated all the students, and thanked them for being part of the ICHM family.
‘This End of Course continues a tradition of acknowledging student achievement that stretches back to ICHM’s first year’, he said.
Acting Principal Dr George Brown welcomed guests and congratulated students, saying, ‘You are nearly there!’
Dr Brown went on to mention an alumni function in Melbourne last week at which he observed graduates from intakes one and three interacting and exchanging business cards with graduates from intake 43.
‘It occurred to me that we are exceeding our purpose as to why we are here’, he said.
Dr Brown acknowledged Richard Ryan, Deputy Chancellor of Charles Darwin University (CDU) and Chair of ICHM’s College Council who was among the guests.
Masters student Angel Alino (pictured) spoke on behalf of the seven students of the program, telling students:
‘If you thought the Bachelor Degree a challenge, the Masters Degree takes learning to a whole new level. Not to intimidate you, but the learning was a lot more than I thought it would be and I gained much more than I thought I would. It raised the bar and made me think much more critically.’
ICHM’s Masters Degree will be online in 2019, giving ICHM graduates and others the opportunity to work and study at the same time.
‘We have had excellent support from CDU and the online Masters will be at the forefront of IT’, says George Brown.
Medals were awarded for the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association). Student George Jefferey was presented with a gift, acknowledging his completion of the Graduate Diploma International Hotel Management. Study Abroad Program recipients were awarded Certificates of Recognition.
Suet Ri Chew and Siew Tang Woon gave the traditional student reply.
Formalities over, guests gathered in the Common Room for refreshments.