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VP Mike Pence Will Be Principal Speaker At Notre Dame’s 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Vice President Mike Pence will be awarded an honorary degree and serve as a principal speaker at the University of Notre Dame’s 172nd commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21st. He will be the first U.S. vice president to deliver the commencement address at Notre Dame.

What’s Happening?

Vice President Mike Pence has been named as this year’s commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame.

“It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognizes 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, C.S.C. said. “With his own brand of reserved dignity, Mike Pence instilled confidence on the state level then, and on the world stage now. We are proud to welcome him to represent the new administration.”

Who Is Mike Pence?

Mike Pence is the vice president of the United States. He was born in Columbus, Indiana on June 7, 1959. He attended Hanover College and later Indiana University School of Law, where he met his future wife, Karen. In 2000, Pence successfully ran for a local congressional seat where he was subsequently elected six times by the people of East-Central Indiana. In 2013, he was elected as the 50th governor of Indiana before being tabbed as Donald Trump‘s running mate in the 2016 presidential election.

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Total Enrollment: 12,292
Acceptance Rate: 18.7%
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2016 Commencement Speaker: U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

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