RGIT Australia graduates celebrated at RGIT Australia’s Melbourne Graduation Ceremony at Rydges on Swanston on Wednesday, 5 December 2018. RGIT Australia staff, trainers, agents, families and loved ones looked on with pride as students took photos in their caps and gowns before all were invited to take their seats before official proceedings.
The ceremony commenced with an Acknowledgement of Country and a welcome address by the Master of Ceremonies. RGIT Australia’s Academic Principal, Peter Robertson, was invited on stage to deliver a speech in which he spoke about the courage and resilience demonstrated by all graduates in reaching this important milestone in their lives. Mr Robertson remained on stage and had the honour of presenting the testamurs to graduates.
Always a highlight of graduation night were speeches by recipients the Outstanding Student Awards. Five graduates received Outstanding Student Awards as nominated by their faculty coordinators and trainers this year. Award recipients gave speeches in which they thanked RGIT Australia staff, their trainers, and their families and loved ones for the support which they received which helped them to complete their studies.
Outstanding Student Award recipient for Business, Diploma of Leadership and Management graduate, Abinash Mainali; Outstanding Student Award recipient for Childcare, Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care graduate, Kawsalya Darshini Ramesh, Outstanding Student Award recipient for Information Technology, Diploma of Information Technology graduate, Bikesh Maharjan; Outstanding Student Award recipient for Information Technology, Diploma of Information Technology graduate, Ashok Adhikari; and Outstanding Student Award recipient for Hospitality, Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery graduate, Chiara Mossi, were invited on stage to addressed fellow graduates and guests and thanked RGIT Australia staff, family and loved ones for helping them to reach where they are today.
The graduation ceremony also saw the official launch of #RGITConnect, RGIT Australia's official Alumni Association. The launch included presentations by #RGITConnect Association members, Laura De Angelis and Grishma Gurung. Ms De Angelis and Ms Gurung spoke of their journeys from studying at RGIT Australia, their previous professional experience following their studies, and their experiences in working as valued staff at RGIT Australia today. Ms De Angelis and Ms Gurung encouraged all graduates to express their interest in joining the RGIT Australia Alumni Association, and said that they look forward to sharing news of upcoming events in the near future.
RGIT Australia CEO, founder & Director, Chandra Yonzon, was welcomed on stage and gave an inspirational speech in which he congratulated graduates on their achievements. He thanked graduates for making student life active and lively on campus with cultural celebrations and involvement in extracurricular activities. Mr Yonzon encouraged all RGIT alumni to join #RGITConnect
Official proceedings closed before all graduates were invited on stage for photographs and served light refreshments.