Culinary school students celebrate their graduation ceremony from the Institute of Culinary Education

Graduation Commencement

Our 2020 ceremony is postponed until further notice.

Update: The 2020 event planned for May 12 has been postponed until further notice. Please monitor your email for updates.

The annual commencement ceremony will return to the NYU Skirball Center off Washington Square Park.

NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place

Students who have completed their program hours will receive more information via email and an invite via Eventbrite.

What time do I need to be there that day?
Grads at 8:30 a.m. Guests at 9 a.m.

What do I wear?
Culinary, Health-Supportive and Pastry students: Wear a clean chef jacket, black pants and flat black shoes. Culinary and Hospitality management students: Wear business attire (no jeans, leggings or anything that is torn or has holes).

Will I get a formal invitation?
Yes. Electronic invites will go out about a month before the event. Please reply whether you will or won't be attending at that time. All tickets for students and guests will be available for pickup at the Customer Service Desk the week before the event.

Can I invite friends and/or family?
You will have two (2) tickets to give to your family or friends. You will receive a nontransferable student ticket for yourself.

What if I need extra tickets?
Extra tickets will go into a lottery that will be held the Friday before the ceremony. Students who win additional tickets will be notified by email, and those tickets will be available at Skirball the day of the ceremony.

How long will the ceremony be?
Plan for approximately three (3) hours.

I won an award at the end of class. Will I be recognized that day?
Yes! You will receive a medal and be recognized.

I still have questions. Who should I contact?

2019 Commencement Celebrated Community

Our annual graduation ceremony featured keynote speaker Dan Barber, alumna speaker Adrienne Cheatham and the traditional toque toss! Read the full recap and watch the Facebook video here!

Graduates can download photos here

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, ICE hosted a remarkable commencement ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center, off of Manhattan's beautiful Washington Square Park. Esther Choi (Culinary '11), chef-owner of mokbar, delivered an inspiring alumna speech, and one of America's most prestigious restaurateurs — founder and CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group — Danny Meyer honored students with a keynote message.

The atmosphere was buzzing with eager graduates as toques took over the theatre and all fell silent for our esteemed guests' words of wisdom. The event culminated with ICE faculty members proudly presenting diplomas for Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking Arts, Restaurant & Culinary Management, and Hospitality & Hotel Management, and recognizing this year's award winners with medals. Of course, many photos followed, some highlights from which are showcased below.

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017 — for the very first time — ICE held a momentous commencement ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center to celebrate the graduation of ICE career students who completed their programs in the first half of 2017. ICE President Rick Smilow welcomed 600 proud parents, family and friends to share in the accomplishments of the ICE graduates in attendance. Rick noted the diversity of the students, who represented ICE’s career programs — Culinary ArtsPastry & Baking Arts, and Restaurant & Culinary Management — as well as diverse ages, nationalities, educational backgrounds, career aspirations and more.

After months of dedicated work and challenging themselves on a daily basis, the mood of the graduates was nothing less than ecstatic — the excitement in Skirball Center was palpable. Still, the room quieted to a hush as guests listened to a keynote address from acclaimed Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern. The crowd also had the chance to soak in reflections from alumnus Jonathan Defren (Culinary ‘08/Management ‘08/Hospitality ’11), who holds the royal trifecta of diplomas — Culinary Arts, Restaurant & Culinary Management and Hospitality & Hotel Management, and has paved a dynamic career path in the hospitality industry.