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Dozens protest Pence at Taylor University commencement

Pence gave the commencement address for Taylor University Saturday.
VP Mike Pence speaks at Taylor University commencement Saturday. (Photo: Mike Pence/Twitter)

UPLAND, Ind. (WTHR) – Vice President Mike Pence is back in D.C. after spending his day in Upland, Indiana.

Pence gave the commencement address for Taylor University Saturday.

Moments before Pence was introduced, dozens of graduates and faculty stood up and quietly walked out of the ceremony.

The protest was planned before today.

There was even a petition to find a new speaker after Vice President Mike Pence was announced.

Most of the graduates stayed for the Vice President's speech and the full ceremony. Pence received a standing ovation.

"The America that awaits your energy and ambition is experiencing a new era of optimism and opportunity you're beginning your career at the time of a growing American economy and a restored stature at home and abroad," Pence said during his speech.

“It was an honor to host Vice President Pence today,” said Taylor President Paul Lowell Haines. “We are grateful for him coming to campus, for sharing in this special day, and for his encouragement of our graduates to live lives marked by faith in God and service to others.”

Pence is the first member of the executive branch to speak at Taylor University.

Nearly 500 students graduated today.