Notre Dame undecided over Trump commencement speech


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves goodbye to the crowd during a rally at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

Madison Rexroat

The University of Notre Dame, which has invited the inaugural U.S. president to be their commencement speaker since Dwight Eisenhower in 1953, is still considering whether or not to invite President-elect Donald Trump to speak in the spring.

The university has a tradition to invite the U.S. president to be the commencement speaker during their first year in office, with President Barack Obama becoming the sixth speaker in 2009.

“The 2009 Commencement was a bit of a political circus, and I think I’m conscious that that day is for graduates and their parents – and I don’t want to make the focus something else,” said Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president. “My concern is that, should the new president come, it may be even more of a circus.”

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