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People attend the memorial service for the Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the Purcell Pavilion at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Hesburgh served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)

Mike Pence is set to speak at Notre Dame graduation, but some students plan to walk out


Students at Notre Dame University plan to walkout during Vice President Mike Pence's commencement speech on Sunday.

As of Friday, 86 students at the Catholic university said they'll join the silent protest against Pence and his policies that affect marginalized people.

The plan, according to a Facebook event, is to stand up when Pence begins speaking, walk toward the exit quietly. The post encourages students to livefeed, tweet, and share on social media using the hashtag #WalkoutND.

Campaign leaders are also encouraging students via the official Twitter account.

Paul Browne, a spokesperson for Notre Dame, said walkout organizers reached out to police and administrators ahead of time to plan the quiet walkout.

"We're not concerned," Browne told CNN. "We think they will be respectful in the way they express their differences with the administration."

Notre Dame will be the latest university to protest prominent Republicans slated to deliver a commencement speech. Earlier this month, students booed Betsey DeVos and one senator was uninvited from a school following student outcry.


WATCH: Notre Dame students have put together this video to explain their decision to protest Pence.

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