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WSET hosts inaugural Guidhall graduation

Published:  23 July, 2008

The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) hosted its first ever graduation ceremony for its students at London's Guidhall on Monday night (January 21).

Presented by chief executive Ian Harris and Michael Broadbent MW, the group's first honorary president, the evening was a great success with an internationally diverse range of students in attendance.

Some 21,420 candidates sat a WSET qualification in 2006/07 and the number of Diploma graduates hit their highest levels for ten years.

There were a number of specific awards and scholarships on the night and, as in previous years, employees of Majestic notched up the most accolades.

Lat year also saw an increase in the number of Approved Programme Providers delivering WSET qualifications - 336 in total across 41 different countries.

The Geoffrey Jameson Memorial award was presented to Jon Pepper of the Buckingham Vintners Association while the Vinters' Cup - the award for the highest marks in the WSET Diploma - went to Anne McHale of Berry Bros & Rudd.

The Riedel Trophy for WSET Educator of the Year went to the International Wine Center, New York.

Honorary president Broadbent said: "The WSET - its core values and its drive to deliver wine and spirit education to the very highest standards the world over - is central to the continued growth of the industry and I am delighted to convey to all Diploma graduates and scholarship winners my heartiest congratulations."