Dozens of Notre Dame graduates walked out of Notre Dame University’s commencement exercise to protest the speech of Vice President Mike Pence, who talked about the pitfalls of suppressing free speech.
The university appeared to be prepared for the protest, and staff did not attempt to stop the walk-out, and the vice president continued to complete his speech.
Dozens of graduates and family members stood as Pence took the podium, then walked out of the ceremony. They gathered outside Notre Dame Stadium and held their version of “graduation ceremony.”
The Daily Caller reports:
According to footage captured by WNDU, a large group of students chose to stand up and leave the stadium where their commencement was being held when Pence was introduced.
Students expressed plans to stage the walkout with the hashtag, “#WalkoutND.”
Pence, who previously served as governor of Indiana, was invited to deliver a speech after students and faculty protested the possibility President Donald Trump being invited to give the commencement address.
Aside from delivering the commencement address, Vice President Pence also received an honorary degree from the university.
Pence is the first vice president to deliver a commencement address, according to Notre Dame in a statement.