Dozens of students leave the graduation ceremony in protest before Vice President Mike Pence delivers the opening address at Christian School Taylor University
- Vice President Mike Pence delivered Saturday the opening address of the Taylor University Christian School in Upland, Indiana.
- Dozens of students came out of the auditorium before getting on the podium
- The majority of students and staff remained, many wearing stickers saying "We are also Taylor" to support the marginalized people affected by the Trump administration
- A student painted his graduation cap in the rainbow colors with the phrase "Ally Visible for those who can not be"
- He received a standing ovation for his speech on the importance of Christian values
Dozens of Indiana University students came out of Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the Taylor University graduation ceremony this weekend.
Moments before Pence climbed onto the podium at the Christian School's graduation ceremony in his home state of Indiana Saturday, dozens of students left for protest sign.
While the majority of the faculty and class of the 494 students remained seated during the speech, many wore stickers on their caps saying "We are Taylor too", as a form of silent protest and to support marginalized people hurt by Trump administration.
Dozens of Indiana University students came out and protested Saturday against Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the graduation ceremony of Taylor University in Upland. , in Indiana.
The majority of students and staff stayed, many wearing stickers saying "We are Taylor too" (pictured left) to support the marginalized people affected by the Trump government.
The 59-year-old conservative urged graduates to stick to Christian values, praised the Trump administration and touted the promising job market and the low unemployment rate
"I think her presence makes it difficult for everyone at Taylor to feel welcomed," said student Laura Rathburn, who came out during Pence's speech. to the star of Indy.
"For me personally, I think we should first identify ourselves as Christians before having political links," student Katie Tupper said about the sticker. "It may not be a good choice for everyone, but I think we have a lot of trouble dealing with Taylor for not showing off our political views. … The purpose of this is to recognize that we are all part of Taylor.
The 59-year-old conservative urged graduates to remain true to their religious resolve, praised the Trump administration and touted the promising job market and the low unemployment rate.
Pence expressed his enthusiasm for the idea of returning to his home state, Indiana, to deliver the opening speech at Taylor University, despite the controversy that He brought on campus.
He shared these radiant images of his address on Saturday
"In most of our American history, it has been pretty easy to call oneself a Christian, but things are different now," said Pence in his speech.
"Lately, it has become acceptable, even fashionable, to denigrate traditional Christian beliefs. So, as you prepare to leave this place and build your life on a world-centered and globally engaging foundation, established here at Taylor University, be prepared to get up, "he said. he adds.
He also praised the Trump government for its views on abortion – but has not addressed the recently approved anti-abortion law by Alabama.
"I could not be more proud of being part of an administration that upheld the timeless values that made this country a great nation, without excuses for the sanctity of human life," he said.
Pence shared this photo of the massive crowd that came for the graduation ceremony
Twitter users noted that while the majority of students and faculty remained in the auditorium for Pence's speech, many wore the "We're too Taylor" sticker
Taylor University is a Christian school of about 2,500 students located in Upland, Indiana.
Bringing Pence to campus to deliver the graduation speech was a controversial initiative. Some teachers and staff members thought that he was an inappropriate speaker because the school is non-denominational and Pence is known for his conservative enthusiasts.
Most of the class sat for Pence's speech and he was applauded.
Thousands of students have signed competing online petitions asking the university to cancel Pence's invitation to express himself and to other people supporting the school's choose Pence to deliver his speech.
This weekend, Pence delivered a speech at Taylor University and Liberty University, another Christian school in Lynchburg, Virginia.