Gov. Charlie Baker to Deliver Commencement Keynote Address April 28

February 12, 2019

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Governor Charlie Baker

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will be delivering the keynote address at Wentworth’s spring 2019 commencement on April 28.

With the recent completion of the Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences, the university will be able to hold this graduation ceremony in the quad on campus. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m.

The university’s Commencement Committee is busy planning for the event, and updates will be posted on the commencement site in the coming days and weeks.

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Gov. Baker to campus and sharing this commencement milestone with the graduating students and their friends and families,” said Wentworth President Zorica Pantić. “To our students who are planning to graduate this spring, on behalf of the entire Wentworth community I offer congratulations on your achievements at Wentworth. We are very proud of you.”

Gov. Baker has had a very successful tenure in the State House. As of last month, he had a job approval rating of 72 percent and the highest approval rating of any governor in the United States for the eighth quarter in a row. The governor’s office has provided additional background information below.

Baker was inaugurated as the 72nd governor of Massachusetts on Jan. 8, 2015. Since taking office, he has been making Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family while delivering a customer-service oriented state government that is as hard working as the people of the Commonwealth.

Upon taking office, Gov. Baker worked to close two budget gaps worth more than $2 billion without raising taxes, while bolstering local aid for our schools and communities, investing in a more reliable public transportation system and prioritizing funds to fight the opioid and heroin epidemic.

He has supported robust business sectors by reforming the Commonwealth's regulatory environment, holding the line on taxes, and advancing efforts to rein in energy costs.

Ensuring Massachusetts continues to be a national leader in education, the governor has invested over $4.6 billion in Chapter 70 education funding -- the highest level of local education aid in state history. 

Confronted with a devastating opioid and heroin epidemic, Baker’s administration has implemented a plan focused on prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery support, including partnering with the legislature on passage of landmark legislation.

Met with a historic snowfall during his first winter in office that halted our beleaguered mass transit system, Baker undertook a major overhaul to fix the MBTA by appointing a Fiscal and Management Control Board to oversee the system's operations and finances, and prioritize investments in the core system that over one million daily riders depend upon.

Prior to his election, Baker was a highly successful leader of complex business and government organizations, serving as a cabinet secretary to both Governor William Weld and Paul Cellucci, and leading Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, as CEO, from the brink of bankruptcy to one of the nation’s highest ranked health care providers.

Raised in Needham, Mass., Baker and his wife Lauren reside in Swampscott, and are the proud parents of their three children, Charlie, AJ, and Caroline.

--Dennis Nealon

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