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Vice President Michael Pence speaks at the commencement ceremony at Grove City College on Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Grove City, Pa.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Students at Notre Dame walked out of their commencement while Mike Pence spoke


UPDATE 5/21 11:47 a.m. EST:

Students at Notre Dame University walked out of the school's commencement ceremony while Vice President Mike Pence spoke after accepting an honorary degree. 

Vice President Mike Pence has largely escaped the recent Trump controversy unscathed, ensuring to keep a low profile as partisan backlash is exchanged. That may change on Sunday, however, with students of Notre Dame University threatening to cause a ruckus when he takes stage as the 2017 commencement speaker, according to USA Today.

Some are threatening to walk out when the Indiana-native accepts his honorary degree. Others plan on protesting right outside the stadium.

"We StaND For" rallied support on Twitter.

Norte Dame undergraduate student Xitaly Estrada said in a statement, "The participation and degree-conferring of VP Pence stand as an endorsement of policies and actions which directly contradict Catholic social teachings and values and target vulnerable members of the University's community."

The statement then goes on to detail controversial policies Pence stood in opposition to, including the Syrian refugee resettlement program and legislation aimed at protecting religious minorities and the LGBTQ populations.

Backlash over Pence's invitation has already caused a stir in the area.

Pence isn't Trump's only Cabinet member to encounter public condemnation from university students. Roughly 10 days ago, recent graduates of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, booed as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos took the stage to deliver the commencement speech.

It became so unruly that University President Edison Jackson had to chime in.

Students at Notre Dame walked out of their commencement while Mike Pence spoke

WATCH | Recent graduates of Bethune-Cookman University protest Betsy DeVos' commencement speech.

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