Almost 100 former students returned to the Wakatipu on Friday
to attend the Queenstown Resort College's seventh graduation
More than 400 proud parents and siblings watched the
flag-bearing, piper-led parade from the college to the
Queenstown Memorial Centre where certificates were presented
to those graduating with a diploma or higher diploma of
hospitality management, or a diploma of adventure tourism
There were 124 graduates this year. Their studies finished
three months ago.
College chairman Sir Eion Edgar welcomed guests including
Tertiary Education Commission chairman John Spencer, who gave
the graduation address.
Chief executive Charlie Phillips urged graduates to enjoy
working in the tourism industry, ''the career of the
Mr Phillips paid tribute to Sue Kelly, who finished her
tenure on Friday after joining the college in December 2005,
before it officially opened in 2006.
Mrs Kelly, who joins family in Hamilton, was a favourite of
students and served many roles, including receptionist,
marketing support, librarian and ''camp mother'', Mr Phillips