Pence cites Trump's 'leadership' in commencement address

Mr. Miranda said some of his family members who are in the US illegally have felt threatened by the current administration's immigration policies.

Trump has faced harsh criticism for his anti-Islamic rhetoric during the campaign, as well as his administration's legal battle to impose a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries.

Providing them with advice as they gathered to receive their diplomas and march towards their next phase in life, the highest ranking government official to ever walk the campus, Vice-President Mike Pence.

Ricketts also said the university administration has not resisted their protest.

Thousands of students and faculty members signed a petition asking Notre Dame's president, the Rev. John Jenkins, not to invite him, saying that they did not think Trump's actions and behavior were in line with the school's values. "And anyone who thinks they can will always hear from those who are sure they can't".

Mr. Browne said walkout organizers cleared the protest with police and administrators ahead of time.

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It was Pence's first college graduation speech as vice president and the Class of 2017 was GCC's largest with 606 graduates. "They know we intend to express our disagreement in a way that is respectful but we also want a commencement that respects us".

Pence charged the graduates to inspire others and to aspire to be men and women of character. Anyone who has bothered to pay any amount of attention over the last two years already has all the info they need to make an informed decision about how they feel about Mike Pence.

Many now believe those predictions were either totally bogus (based on entirely-fabricated figures), or calculated using an unrepresentative sample of the population, perhaps a small, self-selected group of liberals. Students asked ND heads a few days before graduation which exit they should take to cause the least amount of attention.

Six presidents from both sides of the aisle have given commencement speeches at Notre Dame, including Barack Obama in 2009 and George W. Bush in 2001. Some students stood up and turned their back, and the booing was so loud at different points in the speech that the school's president stood up, interrupted DeVos, took to the microphone, and said to the students, "If this behavior continues, your degrees will be mailed to you".

He concluded with, "The future is yours, go get it" and "God bless you and may God bless the United States of America".

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