Graduation Ceremony 30 March 2019 | 04 April 2019

On Saturday 30 March, 100 students received their Funda (= bachelor diploma) during a festive ceremony in the MECC in Maastricht.

Lecturer Frans van Heteren, as Master of Ceremonies, introduced the programme with verve and humour. In his speech, he talked about the graduates’ answers to the question: how did they look back on their time at the Hotel Management School and what were their plans for the future? It turns out that 29% intend to continue with their studies, 50% have a job, 2% will start their own company, just under 16% are still looking for work and the rest are setting out to explore the world as backpackers.

On behalf of the teaching and support staff, Director Ad Smits wished the graduates successful careers and happiness in their personal lives. Rita Kusters, Primary Phase team leader and also lecturer, won the hearts of the graduates and their parents with an impassioned keynote speech, in which she complimented Emma Eltink who graduated cum laude. She also urged the young professionals to maintain the balance in their future lives, as they has during their time as students.

Without exception, the graduates experienced their time at the Hotel Management School as a fantastic period, during which they developed as individuals and made friendships for life. Graduate Emma Merckx formulated this as follows: “The Hotelschool Maastricht is a great opportunity for any young and ambitious person. It is a place where you are challenged to think outside the box and look for new opportunities. It offers you international experiences during the internships and studies. The school is a great mix of work hard play hard. You make friends and memories for life.”

IHAB Award

Dean Ad Smits presented the IHAB Award. This is an award for the graduate who made the greatest impression on the teaching staff and external examiners during his/her final assessment. Claire Opsteyn was winner of the award this time. In addition to eternal glory, Claire received a prize of € 1,000 sponsored by Bidfood, a day spent accompanying an IHAB member and an overnight stay.

Naturally, speeches of congratulation were also given by the chair of the student association Amphitryon, Lotte Eickholt, and by the chair and deputy chair of the Student Council, Axelle de Loose en Eline van Oostrom.

The last speaker was graduate Jeremy Freeling Duke, who spoke on behalf of all the new graduates. He looked back with a great deal of humour on the past years of study.

The ceremony was followed by a convivial reception, where graduates, parents and staff of the HMSM talked about the experiences of the past few years while enjoying snacks and drinks, and said farewell for the time being.


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