Hotel School Sydney Graduation Followed By Gala Ballroom Dinner And Presentation To Children’s Hospital Of $20,000
Sixty five undergraduates, who completed the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management degree at The Hotel School Sydney last year graduated on Saturday 21st April.
After having their Southern Cross University degrees conferred at the Sydney Graduation Ceremony, they attended a glittering Graduation Dinner in the evening, in the James Cook Ballroom at InterContinental Sydney hotel.
The new graduates and their families and guests were welcomed to the dinner by Hotel School Sydney Director of Studies Dr. Paul Weeks.
Ms. Alexandra Bec was announced Dux. While the majority of The Hotel School Sydney graduates are already employed in five star hotels, Alexandra has chosen to continue on to post-graduate study and is undertaking her Honours year in 2012, hoping to join the growing number of Masters and PhD candidates at THSS.
Professor Peter Lee, Vice-Chancellor of SCU presented her with prizes that included a trip to Hayman Island resort. The Hotel School Sydney is a unique partnership between SCU and Mulpha Australia’s portfolio of luxury hotels and lifestyle properties, which include both InterContinental Sydney and Hayman Island.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a giant cheque for $20,000 to Westmead Children’s Hospital by THSS Lecturer Dr. Genevieve Lovell, on behalf of a group of 35 students who took a unit in Event Management as a third year elective of their degree and late last year planned and executed a glittering and glamorous gala dinner dance at Sydney’s swanky Ivy Ballroom, raising the extraordinary amount of twenty thousand dollars in just one night. The cheque was accepted by Westmead’s Prue Steel, who said that never before had such an amount been donated by an educational institution.
Dr. Lovell attributed the achievement to both the students’ talent and hard work and the immense support The Hotel School Sydney receives from the Tourism and Hospitality Industry as a whole, saying that the GMs of pretty much every five star hotel had donated prizes, and Industry support on the night was unprecedented.
This was the 23rd annual Graduation Dinner for The Hotel School Sydney, which commenced operations in 1989, first operating as an integral part of InterContinental Sydney, before becoming part of Southern Cross University in the 1990s.