Graduation is a day filled with mixed emotions. For those who have been studiously working away, assignment after assignment, with many sacrifices along the way, to walk up the steps to the stage of Sydney’s iconic Town Hall signifies the culmination of one chapter and the beginning on many more. Graduation brings a sense of pride, achievement, satisfaction, gratitude, relief, fulfilment and sadness.
And for those who graduated last term, in March, their day was no different.
Town Hall came to life as graduands, their classmates, partners, friends, family, colleagues, lecturers, teachers, tutors and instructors filled the room to celebrate this momentous occasion. Students from all over the globe, for one last time celebrated with BMIHMS to mark this milestone event – collecting their testamur and keys to the Alumni Network.
Those in attendance had the honour of hearing from Alumnus and lifelong friend of BMIHMS, Justin King. Sharing some valuable advice and wisdom to those leaving the comforts of student life and into the bustling hospitality, hotel and event industry. Justin’s words rang true, sharing his own experiences when he first graduated.
As each student walked across the stage, there was a continual rumble of applause as proud onlookers had their chance to congratulate. Special recognition was paid to those who had excelled exceptionally, with the Graduate Privileged Partners Program, Founders Prize and Academic Excellence awards.
Representing the students who graduated, Jessica Redden gave a heartfelt and moving valedictory address before the official proceedings finished. As the ceremony came to a close, and just before a celebratory glass of champagne was enjoyed, the room erupted one final time as academic caps where flung high into the air.
Check out our highlights video from the day, or click here to view shots captured on the day.