San Antonio Native Speaks at Culinary Institute of America Graduation

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Johnny Hernandez '89 Delivers Commencement Address

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San Antonio, TX – Ten proud students at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), San Antonio received their Associate in Applied Science (AAS) diplomas during commencement ceremonies at the Pearl complex on Wednesday, July 3.

San Antonio native Johnny Hernandez, a 1989 graduate of the CIA at the college's main campus in Hyde Park, NY, was the keynote speaker at the ceremony. Hernandez is executive chef and owner of La Gloria Ice House, Casa Hernán, Frutería Botanero, and True Flavors Catering, and is working on his first cookbook and memoir, México Mi Gloria. He was named one of the Five Top Latino Chefs in the United States by Siempre Mujer magazine in 2011.

This was just the second graduation for the AAS in culinary arts at the San Antonio campus, with the first having been held in April. The 10 graduates join the ranks of accomplished CIA alumni, which number more than 45,000 since the college's founding in 1946. The newly minted alumni can now continue their studies in the CIA's bachelor's degree programs in culinary arts management or culinary science at the Hyde Park campus.

More aspiring culinarians will be following in these graduates' footsteps: the next group of CIA San Antonio students will earn their associate degrees in culinary arts on October 18. And a second AAS major—baking and pastry arts—will be offered at the San Antonio campus beginning in August.

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Photos 1 and 2: Johnny Hernandez '89 speaks to graduates at The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio on July 3, 2013. (Photo credits: Darren Abate/CIA)
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Photo 3: Caption for 3rd photo: Graduates toss their toques in the air to celebrate earning their AAS degree from The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio on July 3, 2013. (Photo credits: Darren Abate/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 45,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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