Retired and esteemed Red Sox slugger David Ortiz accepted his 1st honorary degree and delivered the commencement address to graduates of a Rhode Island technical college over the weekend.
David Ortiz (AKA)-Big Papi was introduced as ‘‘Doctor David Ortiz’’ before speaking at the New England Institute of Technology’s 76th commencement.
The college presented Big Papi 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.
‘‘Don’t you ever let anybody dictate your future,” Ortiz passionately told the graduates.
Ortiz joined the Red Sox ahead in 2003 season and retired last fall in 2016.
Photo below was from a ceremony honoring Big Papi with a Bridge and a street with his name