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Celebrating 2023 Melbourne Graduation

The William Angliss Institute August Graduation Ceremony took place over two exciting days and saw over 300 students graduate across the Faculty of Higher Education and the Centre for Foods, Tourism, Hospitality and Events (VET).

Guests were treated to a pre-ceremony gathering in the Student Lounge, where family and friends came together to help the graduands celebrate and offer support for the big day.

Six students received a special Dean's list commendation and twelve students received VET Special Achievement Awards. Twelve students received VET Special Achievement Awards. Aviation student Aijhanne Garcia received the Most Outstanding Aviation Achievement Award which was sponsored by Altara.

Inspirational words of encouragement were spoken by: Board Chair Dr Anne Astin AM, PSM; CEO Nicholas Hunt; and Board Member Mateo Pignatelli.

Alumna and guest speaker at the Faculty of Higher Education ceremony Beverly Fu, completed the Bachelor of Culinary Management and the Certificate IV in Patisserie, and started her career at Grand Hyatt Melbourne in 2013 as a pastry cook during her professional placement.

She is currently Head Pastry Chef and also Culinary Training Manager committed to staff development and enhancing the careers of others. She was a finalist of 'Chef of the Year' TAA 2022 and continues to inspire her creative pastry team in catering for the guests at Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

Guest speaker, alumni and Industry Training Team Leader VET Operations at William Angliss Institute Mark Weatherley motivated students saying, "Utilise your education, skills and passion to make a positive impact on the hospitality industry."

A highly-respected industry leader, Mark's experience spans the culinary and technical areas of food and food development. He has worked in five-star hotels worldwide and high-end fine dining restaurants, including three Michelin starred - Le Gavroche London.

He has also developed products for first and second-tier Quick Service Restaurants, all major retailers, food service companies plus multinational and international customers.

"As you all move forward, embrace the ever-evolving nature of hospitality with open minds, exceptional service, and a dedication to creating unforgettable experiences," added Mark.

Each day concluded with a soirée that was run by students of the Institute, where graduates connected with their student peers and teachers.

Full list of Awards included:

HIGHER EDUCATION SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

DEAN'S LIST

VET SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 

Most Outstanding Certificate III in Hospitality Student Award
Awarded to Stefana Ostojic
Sponsored by Food & Desire

Most Outstanding Diploma of Hospitality Management Student Award
Awarded to Minne Braak
Sponsored by Sofitel Hotels & Resorts

Most Outstanding Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management Student Award
Awarded to Huan Xiang (Jack) Zhou
Sponsored by Marriott International

Most Outstanding Travel & Tourism Student Award
Awarded to Ching-Ching (Zoe) Hsu
Sponsored by SKAL International

Most Outstanding Aviation Student Award
Awarded to Aijhanne Garcia
Sponsored by Altara

Most Outstanding Events Student Award
Awarded to Amy Goslin
Sponsored by Durawear

Simon George and Sons Award for Best Practical and Theory Student for Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (Non-Apprentice)
(this qualification is now known as Certificate IV in Kitchen Management)
Awarded to Hyeokjin Kim
Sponsored by Simon George & Sons

Best Practical and Theory Student for Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Apprentice)
Awarded to Benjamin Blyth
Sponsored by Club Chef

Best Practical and Theory Student for Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (Part Time)
Awarded to Sapphire Jeffrey
Sponsored by Cedar Hospitality

EOI Dux in Baking Award for Excellence
Awarded to Paige Biggs
Sponsored by EOI

Apromo Trading Award for Academic Achievement in Patisserie
Awarded to Cam Loan Anna
Sponsored by Apromo Trading

Robot Coupe Award for Outstanding Creative Skills in Patisserie
Awarded to Putu Ayu Purwaningsih
Sponsored by Robot Coupe

Published 1 September 2023