Amid the caps, gowns and parchments in abundance at the ICMS November Graduation Ceremony was an air of pride and accomplishment as students and faculty celebrated having adapted to disruptive recent global events that were ultimately overcome.
Spread over a morning and afternoon ceremony on 4 November at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) Northern Beaches Campus, graduates from ICMS, Aspire Institute and International Sport College Australia (ISCA) were conferred their degrees in front of ICMS faculty, dignitaries, alumni keynote speakers and proud family and friends.
“To those donning a cap and gown today – congratulations on achieving what is a truly significant milestone in all of our lives. Perseverance, unreserved resilience, and tenacity has resulted in us being here today, and I am so proud to be a part of this graduating cohort,” ICMS Bachelor of Property (Investment, Development and Valuation) graduate Stephanie Macourt said.
Graduates paid tribute to the immense degree of support offered to them as students having to navigate new ways of learning when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak.
For some graduates, the disruption meant they graduated online, and they were acknowledged and applauded by attending parties as they watched around the world via livestream.
“Today is an exciting day for all of us who have come to the completion of an exciting and unexpected adventure. An adventure involving uncertainty, change, adaptation, and a new reality for us as students, for members of faculty and for ICMS,” ICMS Master of Management graduate Oluwatodimu Saliu said.
“I would like to thank members of faculty and staff of ICMS for your dedication and commitment through this season. Your approach helped make this adaptation possible.”
Alumna speaker Nicole Walker said the fact that the students graduated despite Covid-19-related obstacles spoke “volumes of your drive and determination, so congratulations to you all. What an achievement.”
“Graduation is a significant milestone in your life journey and whether it’s the end of your studies or just the beginning, it is a time for you to reflect on what you have achieved and also to turn your focus to the future.”
The reality of having achieved a significant academic achievement while under extraordinary conditions will be an advantage in future careers as graduates will have demonstrated determination and adaptability. These qualities are valued by employers the world over, reckoned ICMS alumnus guest speaker Rohan Fell.
“I believe that employers out there today will have a high class of alumni making a positive impact in their jobs due to the challenges you have already faced to get to where you are today,” he said.
He urged graduates to lean on the support they had received from ICMS, which has built its reputation on a career-focused mentoring approach that supports graduates in their pursuit of personal and professional success.
“Stay in touch with ICMS faculty and staff here and reach out to your cohort who are all going through the same experience. Use your network positively to explore new opportunities and put faith in what you have to offer,” Fell said.
“ICMS does not only give you a degree. It sets you up to take on your dreams full steam ahead.”
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