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The four-time James Beard Award-winning chef will deliver commencement address at the historic Palace Theater in downtown Waterbury

WATERBURY, CT (April 5, 2019) – Post University® has announced James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Nischan will serve as the keynote speaker during its 129th annual spring commencement.

The undergraduate and graduate student ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. and the online undergraduate student ceremony will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the historic Palace Theater.

A four-time James Beard Award-winning chef, Nischan boasts over 30 years of advocacy work on providing a healthy and sustainable food system. He is man smiling with eyeglassesFounder and CEO of Wholesome Wave, Co-Founder of the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Action Network. He was instrumental in securing $100M for Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants for the food equity field in the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, which was recently expanded to $300M in the 2018 Farm Bill to become a permanent part of all future farm bills.

He’s also the author of three cookbooks on sustainable food systems and social equity through food. A lifetime Ashoka fellow, he serves as a director on the board of the Jacques Pepin Foundation and on the advisory boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Modern Farmer, Good Food Media Network and The Culinary Institute of America. The James Beard Foundation honored Nischan as the 2015 Humanitarian of The Year.

“We’re very excited to have Michel speak at our commencement ceremony,” said Post University President and CEO John L. Hopkins. “He serves as an example of how one can use their passions and skills to make an impact on the world. I know our students and associates will be inspired by his story.”

The Spring 2019 commencement ceremony will mark the first time Post University will hold its graduation exercises at the historic Palace Theater, located at 100 East Main Street in Waterbury, CT. Located a few blocks from Post Downtown, the move to host commencement at the Palace Theater is another way we are showing our commitment to the revitalization of Downtown Waterbury..


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