Notre Dame Graduates Protest Pence's Commencement Speech

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Days after the college announced that Pence would deliver the keynote address, some members of the school community had been riled by the decision due to his alliance with President Trump.

Notre Dame students are planning to walk out during the Vice President's commencement address.

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"They would not want to hear a political speech", Colwell said. "We're making sure Mike Pence knows we have our eye on him, and we've been following him for a long time". "If we are going to build walls against American students and global students, then I am skewered on the fence", he said, a reference to Trump and Pence's immigrations policies.

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The vice president is scheduled to speak at the University of Notre Dame where a protest against him is also planned Sunday, and at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday.

Before the ceremony began, protesters lined Angela Boulevard, outside the campus grounds, to voice their opposition to Pence.

Rather than politely hearing out the former Indiana Governor, students upset with Pence's conservative stances chose to demonstrate via a rather rude statement.

Ricketts also said the university administration has not resisted their protest. These students are disrespecting the office of the Vice President.

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The university's vice president for public affairs and communications, Paul Browne, told the Indianapolis Star, the school would only intervene "if the ceremony was seriously disrupted or anyone's safety was put at risk".

At least 70 USA bishops and other critics said Obama's support of legal abortion and embryonic stem-cell research made him an inappropriate choice to be commencement speaker at a Catholic university.

Earlier this year, students and professors had warned against inviting President Trump to speak at commencement, and the university's president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, talked about fearing a repeat of the "circus" that accompanied President Obama when he spoke in 2009.

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"We just thought with the vice president being in town ... we needed to show up and say we are against the policies of this current administration", Hegedus said. "It went pretty well", said Carolyn Steglich, a member of the Slippery Rock Huddle, which organized the event.

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