Vice President Mike Pence will be the University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker in May 2017, the institution announced on Thursday.
Six U.S. presidents have given the commencement address at the Roman Catholic university while in office.
After President Trump was elected, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said he would think twice about inviting Mr. Trump, given the divisiveness of the 2016 campaign.
When President Barack Obama spoke there in 2009, during his first term, students protested his support for abortion rights.
Mr. Pence will be the first sitting vice president to give Notre Dame’s commencement address. He will also receive an honorary degree from the university.
“It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction, and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen,” Father Jenkins said in a news release.Return to Top