Student Walkout of VP Pence Commencement Address

Norte Dame is private, and the First Amendment only protects free speech against government intervention.
I was eating lunch in the student dining hall with Father Hesburgh during a student protest in the 60s, a time of student takeover of university offices. A student approached, tentatively, and said, “Father, we students have a list of demands.”

Father Hesburgh fixed the student with an arched eye and said, “Son, you can see I am having lunch. You know where my office is if you wish to see me.” The student took five steps backward before he slunk away.

Father Hesburgh would suspend the walkout student’s graduation and diplomas for five years.

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