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Notre Dame Students Plan Walkout During Pence Speech

Vice-President Mike Pence speaking at CPAC 2017.

A University of Notre Dame student says he and some others plan to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s Sunday commencement address at the school by walking out on the speech.

Protest organizer Bryan Ricketts says he expects 50 to 100 fellow graduating students to silently leave just as the vice president starts speaking to nearly 2,100 graduating students and their families.

Some students will be protesting Pence’s policies as Indiana’s governor, including the 2015 religious-objections law he signed that critics maintained sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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. He says the school doesn’t expect that to happen.

Notre Dame has a tradition of inviting the President to speak at graduation during his first year in office.  As we’ve reported, more than 2,700 people signed a petition in December urging the university not to extend an invitation to Donald Trump.

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