Lausanne 21 February 2017 - Last week saw EHL host two vibrant ceremonies to celebrate the graduation of 310 of its hard-working and talented students.

During the two ceremonies, which took place on 14 February and 15 February, 283 students received their diploma for the Bachelor of Science HES-SO in International Hospitality Management, of which 153 came from the English section and 130 the French section. The graduation comes after four years of studying and internships as part of the EHL Bachelor program. 

The ceremonies also celebrated EHL’s first ever students to graduate from its Master of Science HES-SO in Global Hospitality Business. This new Master’s program, which lasts 16 months and involves studying on three different continents, welcomed its first intake in September 2015. The 27 successful students graduated on 16 December 2016 and were honored during last week’s official ceremonies.

All of these graduates have reached the end of a curriculum rooted in excellence. They will now join the powerful EHL Alumni Network, members of which currently hold key international management positions in hospitality and service.

EHL prides itself in the selectivity of its admissions process, the exemplary quality of its faculty and its unique educational model – a finely tuned balance between practical and academic teaching. These have been EHL’s success since its creation in 1893, and the school wishes these latest graduates all the very best as they embark upon their careers or further education.

The following students particularly excelled through their performance and achievements during their studies at EHL.

Bachelor of Science (English section)
Valedictorian: David BAJIC
2nd best student: Louise DESLYPERE
3rd best student: Raoul GERBER

Bachelor of Science HES-SO (French section)
Valedictorian: Amandine GENOLET
2nd best student: Lucie GEFFROY
3rd best student: Margaux DELLEY

Special prizes
EHL Spirit Award (English section): Augusto Grau
EHL Spirit Award (French section): Johnathan Rahm

Top 3 theses:
Gwen MARTIGNONI “Determining the impact of brand affiliation on hotel transaction value with a control for self-selection bias”
Elie CETLIN “Le bénévolat au risqué des émotions. Adéquation, motivation, burnout et intention de quitter au sein des festivals de musique d’été en Suisse Romande”
Maxmilien FEDELE “The performance impact on real estate investment trusts (REITS) of changes in credit ratings: understanding the amplifying and mitigating proxies”

The awards for the February 2017 Bachelor graduating class were generously donated by some of EHL’s valued partners: Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Baume et Mercier, Burberry, France 24, Guillard, Hyatt, HES-SO, Hôtellerie Suisse, Laurent Perrier, Naef Immobilier, Royal Savoy Lausanne and TGV Lyria.

The photo above shows the winners from the English section, including the winners of the SBP projects.


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