The afternoon of July 8th saw an awards presentation event attended by people from around the world. The Lord Mayor of Canterbury for 2018, Councillor Colin Spooner, graced the event to welcome people to Canterbury and to present awards to awardees.
The ceremony was emceed by Dr Pamela Hatton, secretary to the Warnborough Council, and Dr John Allen, Council Chairman, celebrated Warnborough’s 45 years by reminiscing about his own involvement (first through his son’s Study Abroad experience, and then his own).
Vice-President, Dr Julian Ng, encouraged everyone to embrace ‘disruption’, using the analogy of forcing ourselves out of our comfort zones to enact change whilst meeting and surmounting challenges.
The commencement speaker this year was Sr Helen Malubay, SPC, the Vice-President of St Paul University Quezon City, who had graduated with a Warnborough Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) in 2001. She spoke about the importance of not resting on one’s laurels and to seek to improve oneself at all times.
After presenting awards to awardees, the Lord Mayor made a short speech before presenting a full scholarship to Ms Carmel Thompson for her contribution to global education. Ms Thompson received her Master’s degree from Warnborough for her work on quality assurance in education. She is the former President of IVETA, and had her own successful educational establishment for over 20 years.
A special achievement award was introduced by Bella Aklouf and presented to Khum Raj Pathak from Nepal, who first arrived to do a graduate diploma in travel and tourism. 9 years later, Khum Raj has achieved a PhD from Canterbury Christ Church University. Canon Dr Rev Richard Martin, our honorary Chaplain and Vice-President of Alumni Relations, talked about the importance of keeping the bond with the alma mater tight, before Mr Zhi Lai Yang (the appointed representative of the graduands from China) said a few words of congratulations and thanks.
The event concluded with lots of photographs inside and outside, before afternoon tea was served outside in the Campanile Garden.