President Obama's invitation to speak at Notre Dame's graduation has prompted protests from two bishops, who blasted the Catholic school for inviting a president who supports stem-cell research and funding for family-planning clinics that offer abortion. But students are eager for Obama's visit, the AP reports. Based on letters to the student paper, 97% of seniors support their class committee's choice of speaker, while most alumni oppose it.
The invitation continues a tradition of Notre Dame inviting every new president to speak at commencement. "I didn't vote for him and there are a lot of things I don't agree with him or support," said one senior. "But I feel like for this event people need to put that aside."