One of the top events on the CIPS calendar, the graduation ceremony took place on Saturday at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. Nearly 200 graduates attended to celebrate their achievements.
Speeches from CIPS President Paula Gildert and guest speaker Richard Masser, who is a CIPS Fellow and member of the board of CIPS Trustees, told those attending they should be proud of their efforts as the CIPS qualification is becoming more recognised across the business world.
However, they also reminded them that their personal development does not stop with this qualification. Gildert emphasised the need for more innovative and insightful procurement professionals within organisations, while Masser encouraged the graduates to challenge themselves through learning, setting goals to take them out of their comfort zone and continually improving their softer skills.
He said he continued to push himself with training courses in self improvement and professional knowledge, which helped him make a huge contribution and difference to organisations he has worked in throughout his career.
So, congratulations to all those who graduated on Saturday (see pictures of the event here
) and I hope you all enjoyed the day. I would like to add a special mention for friends and family attending for their continual handclapping and the intermittent whoops and cheers – they did a sterling job.