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US university students walk out of vice-president’s speech

The University of Notre Dame, which is America’s largest Christian college, had wanted to invite newly elected President Donald Trump as had been the tradition, but were forced by internal opposition and protests to settle for Mike Pence.

world Updated: May 22, 2017 21:49 IST
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Notre Dame graduates walk out of Notre Dame Stadium in protest as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the 2017 commencement ceremony on Sunday.
Notre Dame graduates walk out of Notre Dame Stadium in protest as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the 2017 commencement ceremony on Sunday.(AP)

Some students of the University of Notre Dame walked out of their graduation ceremony on Sunday in protest against Vice-President Mike Pence as soon as he began delivering his commencement speech.

They exited the auditorium wearing their graduation gowns and hats in a planned protest authorities were aware of, but did nothing to prevent. The protesting students were said to be over 100 in number, out of the few thousands gathered for the ceremony. 

The university, which is America’s largest Christian college, had wanted to invite newly elected President Donald Trump as had been the tradition, but were forced by internal opposition — that included a signature campaign — and protests to settle for Pence.

The Washington Post pointed out that the protest was much smaller than what some other members of the Trump team have faced when they showed up to deliver commencement speeches, such as education secretary Betsy DeVos in Florida.

And President Barack Obama had faced hundreds of anti-abortion protestors when he gave the commencement speech at Notre Dame in 2009, just a few months into his first term. Vice-President Joe Biden also faced protests, although much smaller in scale.