Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 20, 2018. Classes will resume on August 21.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, California, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At the CIA at Copia in Napa, California, The Restaurant at CIA Copia and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Nao will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

Chobani Founder Speaks to Graduates

Hamdi Ulukaya is the founder, president, and CEO of Chobani, building a $1 billion business in just five years—during a major recession. His success earned him the moniker “the Steve Jobs of yogurt” by Forbes in 2011. Mr. Ulukaya shared his philosophy for success during the baccalaureate commencement in Hyde Park on May 22.  

“It’s not about the money or fame,” Ulukaya told 71 recipients of bachelor’s degrees in culinary arts management and baking and pastry arts management. “It’s about the joy of the journey. Trust yourself and this journey will be the most amazing one.”

 His journey brought him from Turkey to the U.S. to study business and learn English. He earned his MBA from the State University of New York at Albany. In 2005, Ulukaya founded New York State-based Chobani, now the top-selling Greek yogurt brand in America.

CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan told graduates that Mr. Ulukaya’s story shows the American Dream is still within reach for those with a vision and work ethic. “America is the land of opportunity, and the food world is the industry of opportunity,” said Dr. Ryan.

The commencement ceremony took place on the 67th anniversary of the founding of the college. The first classes of what would become The Culinary Institute of America were held on May 22, 1946 in New Haven, CT.

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