Middlebury Institute of International Studies, based in Monterey, California, is set to host the very first all-vegan graduation in the US.
In May 2019, Middlebury Institute will celebrate the graduation of 266 students in a cruelty-free way by hosting an all-vegan graduation featuring 100% vegan dishes.
The vegan buffet was inspired by Professor Jason Scorse, Chair of the International Environmental Policy program and Director of the Center for the Blue Economy.
She is behind the college’s interest in plant-based dishes and also led the implementation of the 50/50 policy that requires the cafeteria to offer at least 50% vegan options.
The vegan buffet features meatless Sonoma chicken-salad sandwiches, veggie crudites, fish-free sushi, potato samosas, gourmet dairy-free cheese platters, and Mediterranean platters filled with falafel, dolmas, olives, hummus, and pita.
“I am very proud that our institution has made such a commitment to promoting plant-based foods throughout the campus activities,” Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy, said in a statement.
Jeff Dayton-Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Middlebury Institute, added: “The institute has a long track record of promoting sustainable practices and continues to push toward the goal of making our campus completely carbon neutral.”
Middlebury Institute is not the only school in the US that is leaning toward plant-based options.
A new organization at Saucon Valley High School in Pennsylvania, called “Students for Health and Nutrition,” was created to encourage students to go vegan by educating them about the vegan lifestyle and a plant-based diet.
Southwest High School in San Diego also hosted its very first vegan food and fashion event to educate its students about the vegan lifestyle and show them that vegans can still eat their favorite food without sacrificing taste.
Over 1 million students in New York City are also expected to be served meat-free options every Monday as part of the city’s Meatless Mondays initiative for both health and environmental benefits.