The graduation ceremony for Notre Dame’s class of 2017 was on Sunday where Vice President Mike Pence was invited to give a commencement speech as the keynote speaker. His part has been pre-announced to the students set to get their diplomas on this day from one of the country’s most respected universities. Not every graduate seemed to agree with the school’s choice of speaker, and rather than opting out of the voluntary ceremony, they made a mockery of the event as well as out Vice President who was there to deliver words of encouragement — not a political statement.
As Pence took the podium yesterday, dozens of Notre Dame graduates took to their feet and stormed out of the graduation in a disrespectful show of defiance, simply because they don’t like this man. The pre-arranged protest and deliberate show of hate for one of our nation’s leaders proves that a higher education and degree from one of the most accredited universities in our nation doesn’t guarantee a respectful recipient. In fact, it’s been reported that staff also participated in this walk-out, which was all staged over ideological differences between these entitled brats and our Vice President.
Despite the fact that Notre Dame is a campus steeped in Catholic values for which Pence personally represents, the students don’t like his stance on hot topics such as abortion and gay rights. They used their graduation ceremony to make this point, which regardless of their First Amendment right to do so, it doesn’t absolve them of showing respect in a situation such as this, nor does it make them more hirable than another. After an expensive education and paper that says they are qualified for the workplace, many people don’t want arrogant idiots like this in their business since this kind of disrespectful attitude doesn’t benefit a company, and certainly not a team.
These graduates accomplished what they set out to do which was to get a lot of attention for the statement they wanted to make. Unfortunately for them, the overwhelming response wasn’t what they had hoped. Not only did the applause for Pence drown out the protesters’ boos as they walked out, but something else happened as well. The news of their walkout went viral and major backlash ensued within hours of practically every station running the story of what happened during the ceremony on Sunday.
Footage from the disrespectful scene showed these protesters’ faces. This may not bode well for them when they go out into the world that they think they are prepared for and get they rude awakening they have coming. There are consequences to actions which well-adjusted adults realize, which will likely be that these brats can’t get hired by a business who doesn’t want to deal with employees who refuse to respect authority and throw a fit when presented with situations or people they don’t like.
If anyone understands the value of hard work and respecting other people, it’s outspoken Texas cowboy and social media personality Chad Prather who had a message of his own to share with the grads and anyone thinking about hiring them.
“Employers…go find the video of the college grads at Notre Dame walking out on the vice president’s commencement speech. Remember their faces and don’t make the mistake of hiring them.”
Prather then drove his point home when he called it exactly like how much of the country saw their graduation protest – a public temper-tantrum and immature response to disappointment. “As a boss, you will do and say things they disagree with and their feelings will be hurt. This is how they respond to disappointment. I have a strong feeling they will be experiencing a lot of it in the years to come,” Prather added in his Facebook post.
While the occasional liberal chimed in with “good for them!” and “it’s their right to stand up for how they feel,” they too fail to understand that rights were two ways. Just as they can demonstrate that they are unhirable because of their inability to work well with others, it’s an employer’s right to not hire them. Despite what they may have been raised to believe, a degree doesn’t guarantee them a job or work in a company they want. The entitlement ends they second they are handed that document.
As long as the students were walking out of the ceremony, they should have headed straight to a military recruitment center and enlisted so they could actually get an education in honor, respect, and work ethic.