Vice President Mike Pence encouraged Notre Dame graduates to “be exceptional from this day forth” and “be leaders for the freedom of thought and expression” in a country increasingly shunning those values during a speech Sunday at the university’s commencement ceremony.
Proudly reminding his audience that he was “a son of Indiana,” the vice president expressed how pleased he was to return to the state where he served as governor just a few short months ago. Praising Notre Dame for the “exceptional” education it offers all its students, Pence urged the graduates to “carry the ideals and the values that you’ve learned at Notre Dame into your lives and your careers.”
“I would submit that the increasing intolerance and suppression of the time-honored tradition of free expression on our campuses jeopardizes the liberties of every American.”
“My charge to all of you is simply this: Be exceptional from this day forth,” Pence said. “As the Good Book says, to whom much is given, much will be required. So I urge you, as the rising generation — carry the ideals and the values that you’ve learned at Notre Dame into your lives and...
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