Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

In his commencement remarks at Grove City College in Pennsylvania Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence called President Trump an "example of leadership and perseverance", and said he is proud to be a "vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of life and all the God-given liberties".

Vice-Pres. Mike Pence praised the University of Notre Dame for being a place where free speech has continued with civility, while admonishing other universities that have instituted "safe zones" and "speech codes", as against American tradition.

Pence spoke briefly of Trump, praising his speech to the leaders of 50 Arab and Muslim nations earlier in the day in Saudi Arabia.

McNulty says the college always looks for a special commencement speaker, but this isn't the first time a big name in politics has spoken at Grove City College's graduation.

More than 100 students filed out of gates 27 and 28 of Notre Dame Stadium.

Organizers said they did not want to ruin graduation, but just let people know they're not happy with what's happening in Washington. In a recent interview, she told The Observer, the student-run newspaper, that "for many people on our campus, it makes them feel unsafe to have someone who openly is offensive but also demeaning of their humanity and of their life and of their identity". When Notre Dame announced that the vice president and former governor of IN would be the university's 2017 graduation speaker IN March, the student organization WeStaNDFor began brainstorming ways to take a stand.

Cassandra Dimaro and her parents were among those who walked out.

"Stand up and walk out once Mike Pence starts to speak", it directed. Grove City College Class of 2017 this is your day.

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Pence and his wife Karen were greeted by the President and CEO of Winner Aviation, the Republican Mahoning County Auditor Ralph Meachum, Vietnam War Veteran Leo Connolly and two students from the Valley.

Both women stressed that the protest is aimed at Pence, not the university.

Notre Dame spokesman Paul Browne says school officials would only intervene if the protest "seriously disrupted" the commencement or put anyone's safety at risk.

"We are being very respectful".

He also argued for public funding of conversion therapy and said federal funding for H.I.V./AIDS treatment should be renewed only if the government could certify that no money went to "organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the H.I.V. virus", according to an archived version of his campaign website. "I do as well", Notre Dame's administrator told Fox News.

Many now believe those predictions were either totally bogus (based on entirely-fabricated figures), or calculated using an unrepresentative sample of the population, perhaps a small, self-selected group of liberals.

40,000 people are expected to be at this year's Notre Dame Commencement. Last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos faced raucous booing at a speech at historically black Bethune-Cookman University.

"You are called to lead fearlessly".