Pence cites Trump's 'leadership' in commencement address

White House tries to manage barrage of controversies

In a statement released by the university's student activist coalition, titled We StaND For, a spokesman for the group said: "Notre Dame students will stage a walkout during the commencement exercises in solidarity with members of the Notre Dame community affected by the policies advocated by US Vice President Mike Pence". "He shares the same agenda as Trump, but at this point would likely be far more effective in getting these things done".

"We invite all students, faculty, and families who will be attending the Commencement ceremony to walk out with us as we take back our graduation and show our dissatisfaction with the University's selection of Mike Pence as honored speaker", reads the event description.

But he added: "Please do not judge me [as] harsh to mention impeachment". "They know we intend to express our disagreement in a way that is respectful but we also want a commencement that respects us". You leave here with a responsibility to lead.

"You are called to lead fearlessly". He's expanding educational choice opportunities for some of our most disadvantaged children. "He has been rebuilding our military, restoring safety to our streets".

"I can't tell you how proud I am to be vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of life and all the God-given liberties in the Constitution of the United States", he said.

After his address, Pence stood on the platform and shook hands as each graduate passed after being handed their diplomas. Even after losing his first two attempts at winning a Congressional seat. "I think it was very motivational and encouraging for me to think of it from that perspective".

"Some students are undocumented and some parents are driving to see their kid graduate because they can't get on a plane", Ricketts told ThinkProgress. Grove City College Class of 2017 this is your day.

Jaskowski said he hopes those protesting Pence's invitation still listen to what the vice president has to say.

Meachum tells 21 News that he received a call from the White House on Tuesday inviting him to meet the Vice-President at the airport. At least 70 US 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.

Browne said officials were more concerned with the potential for thunderstorms on Sunday, which could force them to move the commencement from the spacious outdoor football stadium to a smaller arena.

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