David Ortiz may be retired, but he certainly hasn’t left the Boston limelight.
Instead of Fenway Park, Big Papi’s stage Saturday was the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston’s seaport district.
The Boston Red Sox legend spoke at Regis College’s Commencement ceremony and, to no one’s surprise, was serenaded by “Papi! Papi!” chants following his speech. Ortiz received an honorary doctorate of law.
Honorary Degree Recipients and Regis Commencement speakers Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera and Red Sox Legend David Ortiz. Watch Big Papi's emotional #Regis2019 address:
Posted by Regis College on Saturday, May 11, 2019
The 43-year-old delivered the emotional speech to Regis’ graduating class, which included his oldest daughter, Jessica Ortiz.
Ortiz highlighted the importance of education, hard work and family during the speech.
His sign-off? “God bless, peace out and go Sox.”
No wonder they responded with an ovation.
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