More than 100 students and their family members have walked out of Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement speech at Notre Dame University in protest over his stance on LGBTQ issues and refugees.
Mr Pence, who was born not far from the northern Indiana campus, addressed the graduating class on Sunday.
“Your education here has prepared you for a life of service to your families, to your communities, and to our country,” he said.
But student organisers had been quietly planning their response to Mr Pence for months, ever since he was announced as the commencement speaker.
Brian Ricketts, one of the group’s leaders and a former Notre Dame student body president, told IndyStar that many students were “upset and hurt” by the decision to invite Mr Pence because his “policies have impacted the humanity of certain graduates”.
A press release from the student activist group pointed to Mr Pence’s anti-LGBTQ and anti-refugee policies as governor of…