Petition against VP Pence's Taylor commencement speech gains support

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UPLAND, Ind. (WTHR) — Vice President Mike Pence is returning to Indiana in May as the featured commencement speaker at Taylor University.

Not everyone is happy about that decision, prompting the creation of a change.org petition against it last week.

More than 4,000 people had signed the petition by Tuesday morning, after five days of existence.

Supporters of Pence's commencement address created another petition, with about 1,700 signatures in support of the school's decision.

Taylor University spokesperson James Garringer released this statements to WTHR:

"Since making the announcement of Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming commencement speech, we have received feedback from people on either side of the issue. Taylor University is an intentional Christian community that strives to encourage positive, respectful and meaningful dialogue. We look forward to hosting the Vice President next month." - James Garringer, Director of Media Relations

Commencement is Saturday, May 18, 2019, at 10 a.m., in the Kesler Student Activities Center.

Due to the anticipated larger-than-usual graduating class and expected crowd, Taylor officials say tickets will be required for admission to the Kesler Center.

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