Ortiz, brother entrepreneurs to be honored at New England Tech commencement

EAST GREENWICH – Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz and a pair of brother entrepreneurs will receive honorary doctorates at the New England Institute of Technology’s 2017 commencement ceremonies on Sunday, April 30.

Ortiz, known to his fans as “Big Papi,” will also deliver New England Tech’s commencement speech. Ortiz is credited with 541 home runs during his baseball career and led the Red Sox to three World Series championships, including the 2004 win that represented the team’s first World Series victory in 86 years.

New England Tech will present Ortiz on Sunday with his first honorary degree in recognition of his efforts to help children facing health challenges in New England and the Dominican Republic, the school said in a release.

Also to receive honorary degrees are Bob Galkin, chairman of West Warwick home furnishings manufacturer Natco Products Corp., and his brother Warren Galkin, vice chairman, in recognition of their contributions to the state of Rhode Island.

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The brothers’ father, Arthur Galkin, founded Natco in 1917, and 100 years later Natco has grown into an international manufacturer of curtains, carpets, wooden furniture and more, with factories in China and Canada in addition to domestic sites in Rhode Island, Georgia and Maine.

In the wake of Natco’s success, the Galkin brothers have both supported local education, research and health care, and they are working together to turn the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier into a Rhode Island museum. Bob and his late wife Wini have made gifts to hospitals, colleges and historic-preservation societies, and Warren has established endowment funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick and helped build and remodel the clubs.

The New England Tech commencement ceremony, the 76th commencement in the school’s history, will take place at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

Kaylen Auer is a PBN contributing writer.