Presidents have been traditionally asked to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement, but due to the faculty, administration and vocal students, President Donald Trump will not speak at Notre Dame. Instead, it will be Vice President Mike Pence:
Mike Pence will be the first U.S. vice president to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, which traditionally invites the president during his first year in office.
“It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins told Notre Dame News.