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22.09.17 | OnCourse

Graduation Ceremony

Master of Ceremonies, Director Student and Industry Engagement, Derek Milligan, welcomed guests to a packed ballroom at the Hilton International Adelaide on 9 September.

Chief Executive Gerald Lipman’s welcome address was followed by the graduate address by Vice-Chancellor and President of Charles Darwin University, Professor Simon Maddocks.

In his address Professor Maddocks spoke to graduands about the unpredictability of life and the importance of being adaptable to change.

‘Graduands, you made a choice when you enrolled at ICHM to do something for yourself, something that might help you go forward in your career, something that might change your life, and to borrow a catchphrase, to do something that would Change Your World. This evening we join you to celebrate wonderful achievements and the excitement of dreams realised, and to acknowledge enormous expectations and new dreams to be conceived as you now anticipate what lies ahead for you.’

In his closing remarks, Professor Maddocks congratulated graduands on everything they had accomplished and extended his sincere best wishes.

‘Take a moment to feel proud of who you are, and what you have achieved—and then take a moment to thank those that helped you get there—friends, family, mentors and even lecturers!’

Led by Principal Dr Ian Whyte, the robed graduands entered to rousing applause, before being presented with the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association).

Dux of the Year (highest grade point average in a semester) went to:

Dux of 3rd Year

Zofia Foley (July–December 2016)

Naomi Ryan (January–June 2017)


Dux of 4th Year

Kira Thompson (July–December 2016)

Joint winners: Connor Batten and Adam Ming Lap Lau (January–June 2017).


Derek Milligan closed the formalities with an invitation to graduates to keep in touch. He also thanked sponsors: Hilton International Adelaide; Yalumba Family Vignerons—Jansz, Heggies and Yalumba; and the Australian Hotels Association and Swiss Hotel Association for the Dux of Degree prize.

Photo: Connor Wagner, joint Dux of 4th Year with Adam Ming Lap Lau