SDH commemorates the achievements of graduates annually. SDH and VATEL celebrates the this great occasion with the graduates, parents, friends, and guests to mark this major milestone. This year, our graduation day is a special one as we concurrently celebrate SDH’s 10 Year Anniversary. Graduation day is an exclusive occasion as it signifies the beginning of a new journey for graduates, ready to take on new challenges and seize great opportunities. On this joyous day, graduates dressed to the nines arrived at Mandarin Orchard Hotel to put on their graduation robes and busk in the glory of their academic accomplishments.
Jeremie Rossignol, Director International Network of VATEL arrived to give an empowering speech and to present awards for beaming VATEL graduates. This year, we have 2 recipients (See List) for SDH Academic Distinction Award, and 1 recipient (See List) for SDH Outstanding Student Award. To add on, SDH has newly established a new accolade named as SDH Outstanding Alumni Award to recognise outstanding alumni students who have distinguished themselves by excelling in their leadership, engagement, and have made exemplary contribution to the tourism industry. This prestigious award was presented to Pakalapati Venkata Rama Bhadra Raju, who is also known as Mr Arun – as he is currently one of SDH’s lecturers.
The SDH School Song (composed by Mr Fred Utanes) resonated resoundingly through the ballroom as graduates sang with their chests out. The song was proudly led by Mr Clarence Lau on his microphone and accompanied by Nick, a musically inclined student who played the guitar. The school pledge, written by Mr Craig Albrightson (who was also the humorous emcee) was recited with pride by the graduates, led by Ms Penkina Yulia, valedictorian for
MBA in International Hotel Management Graduate, VATEL.
Guests were then told to go over to the other ballroom where the 10th Year Anniversary Dinner was about to commence. The dinner began with a 5 minutes video that encapsulated the 10 years of achievements by SDH, highlighting major milestones and students’ vibrant activities. This was followed by an interesting and intriguing speech by Mr Chia Tuck Keong, our SDH Institute.
During the dinner, our 3 champions – Xie Pei Ting, Thae Yu Yu, and Mandeep Kaur, displayed a marvellous performance, impressing all guests in the ballroom with their smooth manipulation of bar tools, excellent bartending skills, and superb showmanship. All eyes were fixated on these 3 ladies as they worked their magic professionally. Their drinks were presented to 3 tables of VIPs to taste.
Long service award, best staff award, as well as best lecturer were presented to committed individuals within the SDH team who make significant impacts within and beyond the school.
The event ended with games and a lucky draw with prizes of luxurious staycations in MBS, Carlton City, and Bay Hotel, as well as buffets in Fullerton, Rasa Sentosa, and Hilton Hotel, and many more. Many of our lucky guests walked away with these attractive prizes. It was definitely a fun-filled night with great food and laughter. Once again, we wish all graduates every success with their chosen paths in the hospitality industry, and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all graduates on their outstanding achievements:
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2017, VATEL MBA in International Hotel Management, Gold Award
- Penkina Yulia
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2017, VATEL MBA in International Hotel Management, Silver Award
- Debonneville Cassandre Marthe Colette
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2017, VATEL Bachelor’s Degree in International Hotel Management, Gold Award
- Chioh Pei Xuan
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2016, VATEL Bachelor’s Degree in International Hotel Management, Gold Award
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2017, VATEL Bachelor’s Degree in International Hotel Management, Silver Award
- Reina Arfan Lie
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2017, SDH Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Gold Award
- Rajdeep Kaur Bajwa
SDH Academic Excellence Award 2017, SDH Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Gold Award
- Van Vuuren Nina
SDH Academic Distinction Award 2017
- Nanda Rishi Rakesh
- Serene Gee Xue Lin
SDH Outstanding Student Award 2017
- Jonathan Pillai Arul Jaga Nathan
SDH Outstanding Alumni Award
- Pakalapati Venkata Rama Bhadra Raju
SDH Best Service Staff
- Alexis Lee
SDH Long Service Staff
- Edward Yong
SDH Best Lecturer
- Craig Albrightson