University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins says he is unsure whether to invite President-elect Donald Trump to deliver the school's 2017 commencement speech, a tradition that goes back to the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower.
Jenkins fears that Trump's presence could make commencement chaotic, after an already heated election.
"The 2009 Commencement [featuring President Barack Obama] was a bit of a political circus, and I think I'm conscious that that day is for graduates and their parents—and I don't want to make the focus something else," Jenkins told the student newspaper The Observer. "My concern a little bit is that, should the new president come, it may be even more of a circus" (Dreid, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 12/6).
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