ICHM’s Course Commencement Ceremony for its 53rd intake was held at a venue of a completely different kind - the Adelaide Zoo.
Guests arrived at the Adelaide Zoo on the evening of 1st February to celebrate Course Commencement at a new venue, which only added to the buzz that is so closely associated with Course Commencement.
The mingling started early, as guests gathered with peers, alumni, industry representatives, agents and ICHM lecturers and staff. And there, sharing in the excitement, were a number of small hand - raised animals, safe in the hands (or on the arms) of their keepers.
Master of Ceremonies Derek Milligan began the formalities in the rotunda, and in competition with the background squawking of parrots, macaws and cockatoos he welcomed new and returning students back to campus.
Following the awarding of Certificates of Merit and Certificates of Academic Achievement, Gerald Lipman, ICHM’s Chief Executive and Kerry Braun, Director of Talent & Culture, Ibis & Pullman, Adelaide, presented Denbeigh Bogert with the Dux of 1st Year (January - June 2018) award, including the AccorHotels prize of $1000.
Rachel Kwan and Georgia Noll presented the Welcome Address on behalf of students, encouraging new students to get involved and join the Student Representative Council, saying: ‘The friendships you make and the bonds you forge at ICHM will last a lifetime’.
ICHM’s first student from New Guinea, Miriam Stevens, was in the crowd, bringing nationalities represented at ICHM to more than 90 over the years.
Also present were third-year’s Kimia Jizan from Sydney and Mayo Ishibashi from Japan. Having just moved into a house together in Adelaide’s west, the pair was excited about finishing their studies and the career opportunities ahead.
Derek Milligan closed the formalities with ICHM’s refrain to network, network, network!