Pomp and Circumstances: Commencement speeches prove to be a powerful political platform

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About 100 students at the University of Notre Dame walked out of their own graduation ceremony in protest of the commencement speaker, Vice President Mike Pence. However, Pence was not the only high-profile politician to address the class of 2017. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and a host of New York officials also graced various stages across the Empire State.

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