May 18, 2017

7 Reasons CIA Graduations are One-of-a-Kind


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It’s college graduation season! To celebrate, we present these seven things you’ll only see (or hear, or taste) at a CIA commencement ceremony.

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  1. A Toque Toss

Sure, students throw their caps in the air at the end of all commencement ceremonies—including CIA bachelor’s grads.

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But seeing those crisp white toques flying through the air as CIA associate degree students hoot and holler is a real treat—and the only time our faculty would ever allow such treatment of the chef’s uniform, guaranteed!

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  1. A Utensil-inspired Arch

Where else can you see giant cooking tools play a key role in graduation day tradition?

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At the conclusion of the ceremony at the New York campus, students pass under raised arches of whisks and sharpening steels.

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  1. The Wall

That would be “Lou’s Wall” or, more formally, Gastrotypographicalassemblage, a whimsical work of art conceived and designed by renowned graphic designer and CBS creative director Lou Dorfsman.

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This 33-foot-long, 8-foot-high, three-dimensional ode to typography and food is a perfect backdrop for those memorable photo ops with grads on their big day!

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  1. A Stable Environment

The CIA San Antonio graduation is certainly a horse of a different color—it’s held in a stable!

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Well, not exactly. It’s the Pearl Stable, the grand home to the former brewery’s draft horses in the late 1800s that’s been transformed into a special events venue adjacent to the Texas campus.

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  1. Banging of Pots and Pans

Yeah, it can get pretty loud. Graduations at the CIA California campus feature a traditional banging of pots and pans as students begin the procession.

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The graduates’ classmates enjoy making the celebratory racket—even if it sometimes gives campus safety staff a headache! (But it’s ok, she’s smiling!)

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  1. Enormous Wine Barrels

Following CIA California graduations, the college holds its Culinary Celebration reception in the Barrel Room, a magnificent holdover from the building’s past as the Christian Brothers Winery.

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Graduates and their families enjoy festive food and drink surrounded by the historic 2,200-gallon redwood wine barrels.

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  1. The Food, the Fabulous Food!

If there’s one thing that makes a CIA graduation celebration stand out more than any other college, it’s the food! Whether it’s at the campus in New York…

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California…

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or Texas, nobody puts out a spread quite like The Culinary Institute of America!

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So congrats to all you recent college grads! May your future be filled with success, happiness, and especially great food!

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It’s college graduation season! To celebrate, we present these seven things you’ll only see (or hear, or taste) at a CIA commencement ceremony.  So congrats to all you recent college grads! May your future be filled with success, happiness, and especially great food!