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The CIA Graduates 184 in Two Commencement Ceremonies

Hilton Exec and NYC's Best Chef Inspire Graduating Students

CIA GraduationConrad Wangeman speaks to bachelor's degree graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at ceremonies at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY on December 2, 2010. (Photo credit: CIA/Keith Ferris) Hyde Park, NY, December 8, 2010 – In commencement ceremonies held at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY due to the size of the class, 140 graduates received their bachelor's degrees from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) on Thursday, December 1. The following day, 44 more students earned their associate degrees during ceremonies on the college's Hyde Park, NY campus.

"It is not an option to accept mediocrity," Conrad Wangeman, area vice president, operations for Hilton Worldwide, told those who had earned their baccalaureate diplomas in culinary arts management and baking and pastry arts management. "You must constantly raise the bar by questioning 'How could we have done this better?' and by seeking ways to improve."

Wangeman has more than 30 years of experience in hotel management—a career for which he seemed destined, as he was named after Conrad Hilton and was raised in New York City's Waldorf=Astoria, where his father was manager.

CIA GraduationDaniel Humm addresses graduates receiving associate degrees at commencement at The Culinary Institute of America on December 3, 2010. (Photo credit: CIA/Keith Ferris) Associate degree recipients heard from Daniel Humm, executive chef of Eleven Madison Park and the winner of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in New York City for 2010.

Chef Humm told graduates that when he is looking for people to work in his kitchen, passion and commitment are more important than experience. "Find joy and pleasure in perfecting simple tasks," the Switzerland native advised. "Through cooking, I've found happiness and met great people. I applaud you for making a commitment to our industry."

The CIA holds 16 associate degree and three or four bachelor's degree graduations each year.


Photo Captions:

Photo 1: Conrad Wangeman speaks to bachelor's degree graduates of The Culinary Institute of America at ceremonies at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY on December 2, 2010. (Photo credit: CIA/Keith Ferris)

Photo 2: Daniel Humm addresses graduates receiving associate degrees at commencement at The Culinary Institute of America on December 3, 2010. (Photo credit: CIA/Keith Ferris)

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