Vice President Pence to be Notre Dame commencement speaker
[A compromise: The Veep instead of the Prez? Mike should say he cannot make the event for one reason or another (such as an illness or scheduling conflict) and send The Donald in his place.]
Catholic World News – March 02, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a commencement address, and receive an honorary degree, at the University of Notre Dame in May.
In announcing that Pence would be the commencement speaker, Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, referred to the vice president as a “native son” of Indiana, who “instilled confidence on the state level” before assuming his current national post.
The invitation to Pence resolves a delicate problem for Notre Dame. The school was heavily criticized for its 2009 invitation to President Barack Obama, whose policies on life issues clashed directly with Catholic moral principles. Last December, after Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, Father Jenkins remarked that the Obama speech had become “a bit of a political circus,” and he feared that an invitation to Trump would cause even greater uproar.
Six incumbent US presidents have been commencement speakers at Notre Dame. Pence will be the first vice president to fill that role.