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

Graduation Commencement

Celebrating the Future of the Hospitality Industry

Congratulations to the classes of 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 who celebrated on June 12, 2021.

It was an honor to host ICE alumni Gail Simmons (Culinary, '99), Matt Hyland (Culinary, ‘05), and Shenarri “Greens” Freeman (Health-Supportive, ’20) as this year's commencement speakers. Watch our first virtual ceremony below.

Students completing their coursework in the second half of 2021 and beyond will receive information about our 2022 commencement via email.

It was an honor to recognize our 2019-2021 graduates on Saturday, June 12 with our first virtual commencement ceremony via StageClip! Students submitted photos for their moments of recognition, and ICE alumni Gail Simmons (Culinary, '99), Matt Hyland (Culinary, ‘05), and Shenarri “Greens” Freeman (Health-Supportive, ’20) inspired graduates about the future of the restaurant industry and their careers to come.

You can watch the complete ceremony on YouTube below.

 

Leadership Awards

Aaron Beasley
Adam Estrella
Ajinkya Godbole
Aleksandra Chouliak
Alexandra D'Alia
Aman Habtezghi
Amanda Caraballo-Perez
Andoni Vorrias
Andreas Plaitis
Anne Joyce
Berguzar Yilmaz Young
Brianna Farrell
Bridget Landreth
Cardell Ellis
Carson Herold
Cassidy Rafsol
Charlie Orellana
Christian Zabala
Christopher Liu
Coleman Easley
Colin Martin
Connor Kalantari
Daniel Jimenez
Danielle Demetri
Danielle Louis
Dariana Baez
Dashawn Peyton
David James
David Ness
Daya Sanders
Eli Gitelman
Emily Gilbert
Francy Torijano
Frank Ortiz
Frank Tornatore
Gabriel Sather
Gabriela Ampuero
Gregory Whetstone
Greta Sanamyan
Guy Burrow
Idris Al-Hadidi
Ilana Adelman
Jason Forella
Jillian Erbe
John Dzwieleski
John Gjolaj
Jonathan Bautista
Kailani Mergen
Katherine Padilla
Kayla Oconnell
Kim O'Rourke
Kristin Ambrosino
Lisa Sutherland
Marc-Anthony Melvin
Maria Galvez
Maria Reynoso Azuris
Martin Yap
Maurice Agard
Micaela Grimaldi
Michael Herman
Nalani Elyse Pintal
Naliza Polanco
Natalia Gonzalez
Natalie Barkley
Nicholas Asay
Nicolas Cantu
Nicole Piazza
Olivia Anderson
Owen Kelly
Patrick Kerley
Radhika Chouhan
Rebecca Zweig
Reinaldo Romero
Richard Germroth
Rya Leonard
Ryan Sorkin
Samantha Futterman
Samantha Parker
Samuel Guzman
Savannah Beaman
Sean Kipperman
Shaylynn Takano
Tanatee Dejsiriudom
Tara Thomas
Taylor-D'Nae Johnson
Zoe Hooper

Most Likely to Succeed

Aime Weissinger
Alexander Prosenickov
Alexandra Vilinsky
Allison Henriques
Ana Lucia Tejada Arriola
André Vaillancourt Valencia
Andrew Moore
Anne Joyce
Ashley McDonald
Benjamin Just
Bingyang Ji
Bisma Akhtar
Charlotte Cercone
Chloe Gross
Chongin Yun
Christine De Pasquale
Christopher Bryant
Christopher Masters
Daniel Romero
Danielle Krueger
Dannah Strauss
Darien Washington
David Pak
Drew Dailey
Elizabeth Lubin
Emilee Pratt
Erickson O Reilly Nunez
Eugene Kuzinits
Eunhee Kim
Evan Smith
Finnian Peralta
Fintan O’hara
Georgios Tsaoussis Carter
Gianna Genovesi
Hayley Talbot
Isaiah Montemayor
Jackson Froeber
Jacqueline Bonavita
Jatin Parekh
Jeff Jean-Baptiste
Joanna Han
Johannes Botha
John Gjolaj
John Reilly
Jose Rayon
Jose Sandoval Toledo
Joshua Ricciardo
Kaitlyn Williams
Katelin Haky
Katharine Fitzpatrick
Kelly Bedford
Kolbie Toliver
Laoualy Awa Iro Mamane
Laura Mullins
Lauren Bialkowski
Lorena Agramonte Vasquez
Lucas Cuadrado Vick
Luciana Colletti
Madeleine Gasser
Marcie Andersen
Mathew Nasser
Mathias Kranacher
Maximus Kline
Melanie Nelson
Michael Miano
Michael Warner
Mohamed Cader
Nasara Jatau
Neelam Varia
Nicole Pratt
Nicole Strejlau
Pei En Chua
Rehan Alam
Ryan Haber
Ryan Hartley
Ryan Hirsh
Sangmin Park
Shenarri Freeman
Speshyl Smith
Sylwia Kubasiak
Thomas Altamirano
Thomas Kotler
Vicki Paradise
Warren Thompson
Westen Wills
Xinyi He
Ying Ting Hu
Zahaan Irani

Top Student

Charlotte Cercone
Denzel Joy Sugayan
Ethan Nguyen
Giorgia Caporuscio
Hanniel Choi
John Abbey
Kaitlyn Williams
Kamilla Zakirbayeva
Leena Arikupurathu
Madeleine Gasser
Marie O'Brien
Natalie Barkley
Nicholas Chirico
Pablo Arroba-Rodriguez
Ricky Liu
Ryan Richardson
Stefanie Testa
Thomas Roslak
Victoria Bayer

Top Toque

Achilleas Vasilarakis
Ajinkya Godbole
Akhil Upad
Alia Bringas-Brand
Ana Lucia Tejada Arriola
Andre Perez
Anna Edgerly-Moore
Anthony Gong
Antony Petersen
Billy Demiris
Brooke Bender
Carolina Martins
Casey Currin
Cherilene Guzman
Colin Mcqueen
Danielle Jedda
Emily Hsu
Faye Yang
Francesca Costa
Francisco Abreu
Gabriella DiSanto
Gianna Auricchio
Isabella Cartaya
Jane Lukas
John Bellini
Jonathan Mintargo
Jordan Minshew
Joshua Carlucci
Joy Hsiao
Joy Sarabia
Julianna Abdallah
Kaitlin DelCiampo
Karren Derosa
Kathryn McRay
Kathy Chen
Katie Tiger
Kelvin Xie
Lisa Rudner
Logan Mcneil
Lorena Agramonte Vasquez
Mario Vazquez Martinez
Mary Ann Roberts
Megan Fong
Megan Sheehan
Morganne Wray
Natalia Gonzalez
Natasha Dayaramani
Nathaly Arboleda
Nicha Hansamut
Nicole Perry
Nora Kaywin
Rachel Cox
Rachel Lattin
Samantha Spiesman
Samuel Valencia
Selina Lew
Shania Barnett-Alonzo
Tanya Maithai
Tavarus Martin
Thanutra Choi
Thomas Vignati
Vanessa Del Carmen
Victoria Alluso
Yamilet Limonta
Zihe Zhou

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.