RGIT Melbourne graduates celebrated at a grand ceremony held at Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne on Wednesday, 6 December 2017.
59 graduates, along with 68 family and friends, dedicated staff and trainers, agents, as well as Special Guest, Director of Public Relationships, Specialist Advisory Board Member and Adjunct Professor, Damon Thomas, were in attendance for the milestone event. Official proceedings commenced with the MC's opening address, followed by a photo slide presentation of previous years' ceremonies. Vocational Training Manager, Irene Mendoza, was invited on stage to deliver a motivational speech before each graduate was invited on stage to receive their testamurs.
Five Outstanding Student Award recipients, as selected by their faculty cohorts, had their time in the spotlight when they were invited on stage to receive their awards and deliver speeches. Invited on stage were outstanding students, Certificate IV in Hospitality graduate, Anthrisa Anthonisamy, Certificate IV in Business graduate, Denison Tarsitano Carvalho Días, Certificate II in Information, Digital Media and Technology graduate, Hiu Ying Khoo, Certificate III in Patisserie graduate, Swee Feng Lam, and Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery graduate, Cheryl Robert. Student speeches were certainly a highlight of the ceremony, with students’ humourous, motivational and emotional speeches delighting attendees.
RGIT CEO, founder and Director, Chandra Yonzon, and Specialist Advisory Board Member, Damon Thomas, were invited on stage to personally thank RGIT’s agents on behalf of the institute, presenting them with certificates and gifts as tokens of appreciation for their efforts. Advisor to CEO, Mr Thomas, was invited back on stage to deliver a speech in which he commended Mr Yonzon’s work and spoke of the developments underway aimed at ensuring RGIT’s robust, strategic and secure future. Mr Thomas said that the newly established Specialist Advisory Board will ensure RGIT’s long-term viability as a quality education provider, and that RGIT will become one of the country’s leading vocational institutes within the next two years. Mr Thomas wished all graduates the very best in their future endeavours and left students feeling positive of having graduated from RGIT.
CEO, Mr Yonzon, concluded official proceedings with an inspirational speech in which he spoke of his own journey and time in the hospitality industry. Mr Yonzon said that he is very fortunate to be where he is today, and that graduates in the audience never know what their futures may hold. “One things is for sure,” he said. “You can expect great things.”
Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) graduate, Sandra Vega, told event organisers in a later interview that during Mr Yonzon’s speech, she reflected on her own journey as a student at RGIT, and on how far she has come. “Yes,” she remembers telling herself in the audience. “I can make a difference.”
Following closing remarks, all graduates and trainers were invited back on stage for group photos. The ceremony closed with light refreshments, beverages, and many more photos.
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