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David Ortiz Gives Commencement Address at RI College

Ortiz, known as "Big Papi," was introduced as "Doctor David Ortiz" before speaking Sunday

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    David Ortiz gave the commencement address at New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island on Sunday. Upon his introduction, he was affectionately referred to as "Doctor David Ortiz" and was presented with a doctor of humane letters while acknowledging his work with children in both New England and the Domincan Republic who face health issues. (Published Sunday, April 30, 2017)

    Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has accepted his first honorary degree as he delivered the commencement address to graduates of a Rhode Island technical college.

    Ortiz, known as "Big Papi," was introduced as "Doctor David Ortiz" before speaking Sunday at the New England Institute of Technology's 76th commencement in Providence.

    The East Greenwich school presented Ortiz with a doctor of humane letters in recognition of his leadership and work to help children in New England and the Dominican Republic who face significant health challenges.

    Ortiz told the graduates: "Don't you ever let anybody dictate your future."

    Ortiz joined the Red Sox ahead of the 2003 season and retired in the fall. He's credited with helping the Red Sox win three World Series titles, including their first since 1918.

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