Upper Cape Tech Graduation - June 2, 2019

Governor Charles Baker is given a sweatshirt from Upper Cape Tech graduates, from left, Jillian Taylor, Joe Rotondo and Nolan Laman, during the graduation ceremony Sunday, June 2 at the school. The governor gave the commencement address to the Class of 2019.

Massachusetts Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. congratulated the 157 graduating students at the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School graduation on Sunday, June 2. 

Imparting advice to the students, Governor Baker offered the graduates several rules to live by.

"Make good decisions, try new things while remembering rule number one, stretch yourself and, for crying out loud, put down your phone," he said. 

Governor Baker stressed that social media is not the real world, instead citing the example of combat medic John Dawson, who was 22 years old when he was shot in Afghanistan in April 2015. Governor Baker met with Corporal Dawson's family following his death. 

"When Lauren and I met his parents and his sister, they talked about the choices he made, and how proud he was to wear that uniform, and about his desire to be something more for his country, and about their determination to be positive in the face of something as brutal as the loss of their beloved son and brother," he said.

"I see this family at least once a year, and their continued optimism in the face of such shuddering tragedy will always stay with me," the governor said. "Their life is real, just like yours. The choices you make, they will be real. The new things you try, they will be real. They will mold you into the adults your will become." 

Governor Baker said the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School provided them with a strong foundation upon which to build a purposeful and positive life. 

The Class of 2019 was the 50th graduating class from the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School. The school serves students from Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich, Wareham, and Marion.

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