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Notre Dame Graduates Walk Out On Tom Pence’s Commencement Speech

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Vice President Tom Pence’s commencement speech at Notre Dame did not go as planned.  On Sunday, in the middle of the speech, a large group of students walked out.

"It's deeply humbling for me to participate in the 172nd commencement in Notre Dame's 175th year," Pence said to a mix of applause and boos.

Students had made it clear earlier that they would be walking out as a symbol of opposition opposed to Donald Trump and his administration.

Prior to Pence taking the stage, valedictorian C.J, Pines, gave an address that was politically charged, During, his speech Pine called for equal rights and religious freedom for Muslims and all other faiths.

"Our generation must stand against the scapegoating of Muslims," Pine said.

Pine also took aim at Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall at Mexico’s border.

“If we are going to build walls between American students and international students, then I am skewered on the fence," Pine said.

Father John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, took to the stage and called for peace and dialogue.

"Too often the love that fires our passion is twisted into a hatred in which we disagree," Jenkins said.

The protest was planned by the activist group We Stand For saying Pence's policies as vice president and as former Indiana governor targeted marginalized people on the basis of their religion, skin color or sexual orientation.

Approximately 146 students took part in the walkout.

By Tammy Marie Rose