Graduation at The International Butler Academy is a serious, and at the same time a happy and celebratory event. A student may invite as many people as he or she wishes (within reason) to witness, and be part of the graduation ceremony. Graduation day is an emotional time for the students. On the one hand, the students are happy they are at the end of their journey, but on the other hand they are also sad that they now have to leave. Graduation is an opportunity for the students to celebrate their incredible hard work together with family, friends and loved ones. Graduates show their diplomas to their loved ones with enormous pride and joy.
Upon arrival around 19:00 hrs. guests are served coffee, tea and petit fours. Usually around 20:00 hrs. the official part of the evening starts. Speeches are of course part of the program as well as thanking the many people who contribute to the success of the training. The evening concludes with champagne, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Typically graduation takes place on the last Friday evening of the training program, and lasts some three to four hours. While the students may decide on a more or less formal style, the ceremony keeps the structure that allows us all to acknowledge and celebrate this momentous occasion. At the Graduation Ceremony, we present graduating students with the official International Butler Academy diploma, demonstrating the students' successful completion of the course and its associated training.
The International Butler Academy diploma is proof of successfully completing the training program and represents a valuable passport into the world of private service. Your diploma is a handcrafted document that you will receive beautifully framed during the Graduation ceremony. A PDF copy of your diploma is mailed to you so you do not need to remove the original diploma from the picture frame in case you need a copy to be sent somewhere. You will also receive your personal Graduate Profile Binder, a document that you can use to apply for any private service position anywhere. This professional document will make you stand out from every butler out there. The International Butler Academy maintains a record of all numbered and certified Academy graduates and their internationally recognized diplomas.
The International Butler Academy is always proud to welcome distinguished guests from around the world to the Graduation Ceremony. Many times we invite a prominent person to hand out the diplomas to the students. Previous graduations included guests such as the Mayor, a number of prominent politicians, including Ministers and Mr. Theo Bovens, the (Dutch) King's Representative for Limburg, prominent employers such as Mrs. Monique Heijn and Dr. Olaf Juergens (both pictured top of this page) and many others who we cannot mention on our web site. In 2011 we even had a member of a Royal family giving acte de présence.
The background photo on this web page shows a moment during the graduation ceremony of July 1, 2016, where Chairman of The International Butler Academy, Mr. Robert Wennekes, is thanking the graduating students for their hard work. That evening some 150 friends and family members of the 16 present students attended the festivities. You can see the local village choir, consisting of some 60 singers, in the background of the photo. They sang some beautiful songs that evening. Graduation ceremonies are always held in our own chappel.