For 388 graduates and over 1000 guests in the Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday night, Melbourne Polytechnic's 2015 Graduation Ceremony held special significance.
As well as awarding diploma, advanced diploma and bachelor degree qualifications to the graduates, the graduation ceremony was our first under our new Melbourne Polytechnic brand.
Melbourne Town Hall was packed full of excited graduands and guests, and the stage was gloriously decorated with floral displays courtesy of the very talented Certificate III in Floristry students and their teachers, Jan Williams and Renae Monument.
The night began with a Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Elder Ron Jones who, on behalf of his ancestors, continued the ancient tradition of welcoming visitors to his ancestral land.
Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Polytechnic Rob Wood addressed the crowd followed by keynote speaker Steve Sammartino. Steve, a business person, author and thought-leader on the subject of technology and business, gave an engaging and enthusiastic speech. He has worked in multinationals as well as his own start-up enterprises, including Australia's first new car company in over 30 years, and has completed a number of interesting projects along the way, such as building a full-scale working Lego car that runs on air, and putting a Lego space shuttle into orbit around the earth.
During the evening, seven Melbourne Polytechnic students were presented with Outstanding Student of the Year Awards (across seven specialist categories), courtesy of Alliance Catering. Congratulations to Melbourne Polytechnic's 2015 overall Outstanding Student of the Year Jyothi Forman, a graduate of our Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, who is heading to Brazil in August this year to continue her dazzling run in the 43rd Worldskills Competition.
Mother and daughter graduates Maria and Jacqueline, who both graduated with a Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration.
Outstanding Student of the Year Awards
Generously sponsored by Alliance Catering
These awards are presented to students who have shown a capacity for leadership and demonstrated outstanding levels of skill within their fields of study.
Outstanding Indigenous Student of the Year: Jnaallii Penrith, Diploma of Business
Outstanding Student of the Year – Faculty of Business, Hospitality & Primary Industries: Matthew Clancy, Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
Outstanding Student of the Year – Faculty of Community, Health & Education: Billy Gilhooley, Diploma of Remedial Massage
Outstanding Student of the Year – Faculty of Creative Arts: Shanna Okanlar, Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services
Outstanding Student of the Year – Higher Education: Leah Kathleen Tsomos, Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
2014 Outstanding Student of the Year: Jyothi Forman
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