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

Graduation Commencement

Celebrating the Future of the Hospitality Industry

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“To see our students live at graduation, after two years of COVID-19 and many other stressful events, was both uplifting and touching,” says ICE New York's Dean of Students, Elliott Prag. “More than ever I was aware that our common touchstone — the love of food — creates community in a profound way. The authentic pride and camaraderie shared among our students and teachers spoke louder than any words could.”

Indeed, it was a day of celebration. "Today is your day and you are lucky to have been able to study at ICE," says Keynote Speaker, Jacques Pépin. "It is the beginning of your career, the beginning of a new life. It is a time of hope, a time to believe in yourself, a time to dare. While here you have learned the fundamentals. Now is your time to be curious, be enthusiastic, be tenacious and be engaged. It is a time in your life where the word “impossible” doesn’t exist, a time to reach for the sky. The world of food is huge and even if you decide to leave the stove for another area of the food world — marketing, food distribution, food writing — what you have learned at ICE in terms of discipline, organization and communication will stay with you forever and you will always use your cooking talents at home."

Congratulations, again, to all graduates.