SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on Saturday delivered the Westfield State University commencement address despite having just heard that his 84-year-old mother had passed away.
The governor began his speech with this message: “I am honored and thrilled to be here today and I would love to hang around and hear what your class president has to say, and watch the entire ceremony. But, unfortunately, I have a death in the family, and I need to get back to them.”
The governor then proceeded to deliver his prepared remarks to the graduates and their families attending the ceremonies at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. He did not mention that the “death in his family” was that of his his mom, Alice Elizabeth Baker.