Gov. Patrick to depart amid tradition, ceremony

By News Staff,

Gov. Deval Patrick is preparing for his last full day in office with a schedule of traditional events including the ceremonial exchange of gifts with his successor and a “lone walk” down the front steps of the state capitol.

The Democrat has kept a largely low public profile during the final days of his second term. On Tuesday, Patrick greeted well-wishers during an “open house” in his office, but made no public appearances.

On Wednesday, Patrick and Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker will exchange four traditional symbols including the original Pewter Key to the governor’s office, and a bible dating to Gov. Benjamin Butler in 1884.

Later, Patrick will exit the Statehouse through the rarely-used central doors and descend the front steps alone.

Baker will be sworn-in on Thursday.

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