Commencement speaker protest

May 15, 2009
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The weekend is finally here – President Barack Obama will give the commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame’s graduation ceremony Sunday. Since he was announced as the speaker in March, there’s been a lot of media coverage of protests against him speaking at the Catholic university.

I’d be curious what our readers at Notre Dame or law students from the other Indiana schools think about Obama as the commencement speaker. I did a little research on the Internet to find that President George W. Bush had some protestors when he spoke there in 2001 due to his stance on the death penalty. I don’t remember the issue being as hotly debated as it seems to be with Obama, but correct me if I’m wrong. Was there just as much protesting over Bush’s speech as Obama is receiving?

All the hoopla around the event led me to think about what would happen if students were given the chance to pick their commencement speaker. Would Obama still be selected or would Notre Dame students vote for someone who was more along the same ideological stance as the Catholic church? What if students at every school were able to select their speaker from a group of finalists or even write in someone they’d want to speak?

If you could have anyone speak at your graduation, who would it be/have been?
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