Barton Seaver to deliver keynote at graduate recognition ceremony

Author and executive chef Barton Seaver will be the keynote speaker at the University of Maine’s 30th annual Graduate Student and Faculty Recognition Ceremony on May 12.

The ceremony, which begins at 4 p.m. in the Harold Alfond Sports Arena, honors more than 200 UMaine graduate students pursuing master’s and certificate of advanced studies degrees, who will be hooded during the ceremony.

Seaver, who also is the director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health and a senior adviser at the University of New England, is driven by his mission of restoring relationships through food. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2001, Seaver served as an executive chef in seven of his restaurants. He has written several books and is a contributing editor and writer for Coastal Living, To Market, Cooking Light, and EatingWell magazines. His latest book, “From Sea to Shining Sea,” is set for release this fall. His TED Talk, “Sustainable seafood? Let’s get smart” has received more than 500,000 views. In 2012, Seaver was named to the United States Culinary Ambassador Corps by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.