RGIT Australia Hobart campus graduates celebrated at RGIT Hobart's inaugural graduation ceremony at Hobart Town Hall on Friday, 20 April 2018.
RGIT Australia staff, trainers, education agents, community organisation representatives, families and loved ones looked on with pride as students took photos with their gowns and flowers in the magnificent, grand setting before all were invited to be seated before the commencement of official proceedings.
“I feel very excited,” said Xinchuan “Lupo” Lu, before official proceedings. “RGIT is a very good school, and we learn lots from our trainers. I am graduating from IT, and I think that after graduation I will definitely find a new life here in Hobart. I like Hobart a lot."
One graduate, Ravjot Kaur, congratulated her classmates in a message in which she said, “I am very thankful to RGIT for the support till date. It is a very good time for me. I am really enjoying the day.”
Official proceedings commenced with an Acknowledgement of Country and a welcome address by the Master of Ceremonies. Guest of Honour, Tasmanian Legislative Council President, Hon. Jim Wilkinson, was invited on stage to deliver a speech in which he spoke RGIT Australia’s role in Tasmania’s exponential growth in the hospitality and tourism industries.
"Tasmania has an ambitious target to increase not only its population but its diversity," said Hon. Wilkinson. "To be truly sustainable we must encourage more people to visit and to consider making Tasmania their home and to share this beautiful island and all it has to offer." Hon. Wilkinson also spoke of the high growth in the tourism and hospitality industries and the high demands for professional graduates in the state. "RGIT believes that this dual emphasis will serve both the graduates and the state well, and RGIT will continue to provide opportunities to enter this vital lifetime profession." Hon. Wilkinson concluded by saying that he sees RGIT Australia's future in Hobart as very positive.
Following an audio-visual package, Hobart Operations Manager, Hospitality Trainer and Assessor, Brian McEwan, delivered a speech in which he said to graduates, “Your journey starts now. Education is the easy part." He continued by saying, "Now, it’s time to enter the workforce. You enter a world of infinite possibilities; a lifetime of living in the future.”
RGIT Australia Hospitality Coordinator, Dr Bharat Sharma, was welcomed on stage to deliver a speech in which he spoke of the importance of education and the enduring relationships student have with educators. In his speech, Dr Sharma inspired graduates to face difficulties head on. Dr Sharma thanked RGIT Australia, and invited celebration in light of graduates' achievements and the RGIT Australia' ten-year anniversary.
RGIT Australia and CEO, Chandra Yonzon and Hon. Wilkinson were invited on stage to join Dr Sharma in distributing graduate's testamurs.
Among the graduates were three Outstanding Student Awards recipients. Outstanding Student Award recipient, Diploma of Leadership and Management student, Tan Hoang Dung “Dunn” Nguyen, was invited on stage to deliver a speech in which he said, “We have a really good set of trainers. They are supportive and knowledgeable. Campus facilities, staff members and student engagement are the best! I gained a lot of knowledge of business and had a fruitful experience at RGIT.”
Outstanding Student Award recipient, Commercial Cookery student, Muhammad Islam, delivered a speech in which he said that, “RGIT has a very good blend of practical and theory classes. Practical placements, hospitality expos, industry visits and cultural lunches gave us the opportunity to network with people and learn about the industry and other aspects of Tasmania. My home is Tasmania.”
Outstanding Student Award recipient and Diploma of Information Technology Networking student, Kang Chen, said, "I am very excited to receive this award on such an incredible day." He continiued by saying, "I am so proud to be here. Thank you for celebrating this special day with us. RGIT was a second home to me, sincerely. It was a comfort. RGIT helped me to play an active part in the Tasmanian community, which is very important for an international student."
Chen spoke of his volunteering efforts around the state, including his volunteer role at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart. “During my time volunteering and during my studies, I represented RGIT, and in the future I will continue to do so. I didn't just get a qualification, but a better social life.”
RGIT Australia CEO, Chandra Yonzon, was welcomed on stage and gave an inspirational speech in which he thanked students for their loyalty and faith in RGIT Hobart as a quality education provider. Mr Yonzon spoke of RGIT Australia's best efforts to make students feel at home while studying overseas, about Hobart campus' facilities and its active student life. Mr Yonzon also spoke of the importance of education, and his own beginnings and journey thanks to the opportunity of education and hard work. "Whether you decide to take your knowledge and skills and make your journeys overseas, or whether you decide to stay in Tasmania, the future is yours."
Hobart Campus Manager, Anil Shrestha, closed official proceedings with an interactive speech congratulating all graduates, their families and guests. Mr Shrestha invited all graduates on stage for photographs before a veritable array of Tasmanian fare was served to all.