Although different in nature—End of Course being more relaxed, Course Commencement more fun and Graduation more formal—the ceremonies celebrate both academic and industry achievements and provide opportunities to network, network, network!
ICHM’s Director, Student and Industry Engagement, Derek Milligan, is Master of Ceremonies at each event.
End of Course signals academic completion of the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management) and Bachelor of International Hotel Management (Swiss Hotel Association). And it is also the occasion at which Certificates of Recognition for the Study Abroad Program are awarded
At last semester’s End of Course on 17 November 2017, Caleb Pels and Syrille Yoon gave the traditional student reply, before refreshments were served in the Common Room at Regency International House.
Course Commencement is ICHM’s night of nights, welcoming new and returning students to campus, and celebrating academic excellence.
This semester, Course Commencement (ICHM’s 51st) was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 9 February.
In his address, Principal Dr Ian Whyte made mention of ICHM’s wonderful environment and strong culture, with students being regularly praised for their maturity and willingness to stand up, speak out and debate.
He acknowledged the lifelong friendships formed from a shared life on campus, saying, ‘of the 46 students enrolled in ICHM’s inaugural year (1993), 32 are connected to ICHM on Facebook’.
He thanked students, staff and management for their contributions.
A cocktail party followed the formalities, which included awarding Certificates of Merit and announcing Dux of 1st Year 2nd Year.
Dux of 1st Year: January–June 2017
AccorHotels Award (formerly Cameron Sykes Memorial Scholarship), presented by AccorHotels’ Hannah Beeson
Dux of 2nd Year (January–June 2017
Dux of 2nd Year: July–December 2017
Delaware North Award, presented by Delaware North’s Daniel Evans.
4th Year Naomi Ryan, a previous recipient as Dux of 2nd Year (Semester 1, 2016), and Dux of 3rd Year, spoke about her positive experiences during her six-month placement with Delaware North.
Jodie du Plooy and Jessica Whyborn (pictured) presented an entertaining welcome address on behalf of students.
Finally, Student Representative Council members were welcomed to the stage: