Notre Dame Students Plan to Protest Mike Pence's Commencement Speech


Lead fearlessly, with integrity, perseverance - and faith.

Protesters made their way into Grove City Saturday, expressing concerns with the Donald Trump administration as Vice President Mike Pence gave a commencement speech to Grove City College students. If graduates persevere, they will prevail, he concluded. It will be his first commencement address as vice president.

"I've been a governor, now I'm vice president of the United States, but the most important job that I will ever hold is husband and father to three wonderful kids", Pence told the largest graduating class in the Christian college's 137-year history.

While there have been many protests lined up, Jaskowski said he felt it was an incorrect assumption to believe the University community was completely against the decision to select Pence as the Commencement speaker.

In it, Wicker wrote: "By being politically accommodating to the administration of a faithless man who enacts damaging policies, the school is sending graduates a message that undermines the intention of the institution".

The graduation ceremony of 2017 is not only historic but one for the record books at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. "And today, because of our armed forces", he added, "I'm pleased to report ISIS is on the run, and we will not rest, we will not relent, until we hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source so you can eliminate the threat to our nation and to our allies in the years ahead". He said that if the measure "legalized discrimination in any way in IN, I would have vetoed it".

"In every generation, the sons and daughters of liberty from every corner of our country have answered the call of duty and answered it with courage and self-sacrifice and commitment", he added.

Notre Dame Students Plan to Protest Mike Pence's Commencement Speech
Notre Dame Students Plan to Protest Mike Pence's Commencement Speech

To be leaders, the vice president said graduates must aspire to be men and women of character, inspiring others and animated by servitude rather than selfish ambition.

But he also noted that leadership has its challenges.

"We really need to think about who are we as a Notre Dame community?" "Anyone who dreams big will encounter those who think small".

"Students who indicated they would protest by leaving the commencement ceremony when the vice president speaks met with the Notre Dame police chief this week and assured her they would leave quietly and respectively", Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said May 18.

Pence is hardly the first elected official to face a protest at a university commencement, and he is not the first member of President Donald Trump's cabinet to face a tough crowd. "That is not good", said Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY's List, a Democratic group that backs female candidates who support abortion rights. He's been expanding educational choice opportunities for some of our most disadvantaged children. "He has been rebuilding our military, restoring safety to our streets".

There are a number of other protests of Pence being organized for Sunday.

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