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

Graduation Commencement

Save the Date for ICE's 2019 Commencement Ceremony: May 14

You've done all the hard work, now it's time to celebrate!

Please join us for ICE's 2019 Commencement Ceremony, celebrating our 2018 and 2019 ICE graduates, on May 14, 2019. We'll share details as they become available!

  • Where is the ceremony?

    NYU Skirball Center on Washington Square Park
    566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

  • When is the ceremony?

    May 14, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

  • 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 and Pastry Students: Clean chef jacket, black pants and flat black shoes.

    CMD and HMD Students: Casual business attire (no leggings, jeans, or anything that is torn or has holes).

  • Will I get formal invitations?

    The 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 at the Customer Service Desk.

  • Can I invite friends/family?

    You will have two (2) tickets to give to your family or friends. You will receive a non-transferable student ticket for yourself.

  • What if I need extra tickets?

    Any extra tickets will go into a lottery that will be held on May 13, the day before the ceremony. Students who win additional tickets will be notified by email, and those tickets will be available at the Skirball Center the day of the ceremony.

  • How long will the ceremony be?

    Plan for approximately three (3) hours.

  • Will I get my diploma/certificate on stage?

    You will receive a diploma holder; the diploma will come in the mail after you complete all program requirements.

  • I won an award at the end of class, will I be recognized?

    Yes! You will receive a medal and be recognized at the ceremony.

  • I still have questions. Who should I contact?

    Email us at

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.