Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

Dozens of students at the University of Notre Dame walked out of their commencement ceremony Sunday when Vice President Mike Pence took the stage - in protest of the administration and policies he represents.

Earlier in the ceremony, Caleb Joshua Pine - the student who provided the valedictory speech - urged a "stand against the scapegoating of Muslims" and criticised Trump's push to build a wall along the United States border with Mexico.

Organizers said that more than 100 students at the historically Catholic school walked out from the seating area at the Notre Dame Stadium venue, in South Bend, Indiana, according to the New York Times.

Thousands of students had signed a petition asking the university not to invite President Trump, and the school instead invited Pence, a former IN governor, to speak.

Before Pence spoke, Notre Dame valedictorian and student speaker C.J. Pine gave a speech calling for religious freedom and equality for Muslims. According to the walkout's Facebook event, 146 people were involved.

His address did not reference the walk-out directly, but praised the university for its facilitation of free speech and its "atmosphere of civility and open debate".

"These all-too-common practises are destructive of learning and the pursuit of knowledge, and they are wholly outside the America tradition", he added. As a gay man, this directly impacted me.

The vice president also touted President Trump's recent executive order on religious freedom at the Catholic university.

Fellow protester Jenn Cha said it there needed to be space for dialogue between people of different beliefs. And I think better of Notre Dame students that they'd do this kind of thing.

A number of prominent Republicans have faced student opposition at commencement speeches this graduation season. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was also protested during a commencement address at Bethune-Cookman University.

Thousands of students had signed a petition asking the university not to invite President Trump, and the school instead invited Pence, a former IN governor, to speak.

In 2009, President Barack Obama was heckled by anti-abortion advocates during his speech at the university.

Pence was asked by Notre Dame to deliver the speech Sunday at its graduation, but the moment he stepped up to the lectern.at least 20 students got up headed toward the back. The varsity awarded Pence with an honorary degree.

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