44 Vateliens recently donned on their caps and gowns for the pinnacle of their academic journey last 30 June 2018 as De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Vatel’s partner school in Manila, held its graduation ceremony at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).
“We can finally take our moment to shine while we walk on the stage with pride and privilege. It is one of the most significant milestones of transition one can ever receive, from being a typical student to entering the real world of adulthood,” said alumnus Jon Siy, also previously the President of the Vateliens in Progress, the official school organization of Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management (BS-IHM) students in Benilde.
Recipients of two transnational degrees, namely the Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management granted by Benilde and the Bachelor Degree in International Hotel Management granted by Vatel International Business School in France, this recent batch of IHM graduates are testaments to the true excellence and perseverance of Vateliens all over the world.
“Vatel has shaped me to be a hotelier that sets standards that is no less than excellent, may it be in my work or for myself. The immersions and practicums not only gave me the opportunity to apply and practice what has been taught in the classroom but also contributed to my maturity and understanding of the work place in hospitality,” shared alumna Carina Agcaoili, the former Vatel scholar for academic year 2016-2017.
Agcaoili and Siy, like several of their batchmates, finished their first practicum in Vatel Hotel & Spa, Nîmes. As one of the benefits of Vatel’s comprehensive curriculum and worldwide network, the six-week internship program in France prepares students for the global demands of the hospitality industry through intensive training in the different departments of the hotel. “[Through this program], I was able to work and train with Vateliens from different Vatel Schools, so we all engaged in daily intercultural exchanges. It really challenged me and made me learn how to communicate and work together with people from varying cultures and nationalities, which is essential for success in the hospitality industry,” Agcaoili said further.
As these graduates venture into the career paths they’ve began to pave for themselves, IHM program chair Ms. Marie Castro shared her hopes and expectations of the batch. “I wish that they continue to be good ambassadors of the school and to never allow selfish interests to blemish the integrity and values that we have nurtured during their stay in Vatel Manila. Be good and kind to the people they will meet on their way up. One of my dreams is to produce a General Manager and I hope that it will come from this batch.”
-Maria Angela Caliah Fabella