Vice President Mike Pence has been selected to deliver this year’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. The former Indiana governor and six-term U.S. congressman will also receive an honorary degree from the South Bend school during the May ceremony.
Pence calls the opportunity to speak at Notre Dame "extraordinarily humbling." He says "the young adults in the Class of 2017 will leave school with the charge and opportunity to make new discoveries and assume leadership roles that will make a profound impact benefiting the lives of millions of people. The hopes of their parents and our country go with them as they enter a world filled with optimism for the future."
Pence is a 1981 Hanover College graduate and he later received a law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins says "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. 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."
Pence will receive honorary Doctor of Laws during the May 21st ceremony.