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Notre Dame Player Comments On Commencement Ceremony Walkout

Jesse Bongiovi gave his thoughts on the walkout during Notre Dame's commencement ceremony.

On Tuesday morning, senior Notre Dame walk-on and son of Bon Jovi, Jesse Bongiovi shared his thoughts on Twitter concerning the walkout that occurred during Notre Dame's commencement ceremony on Saturday.

The walkout was primarily in protest of former Indiana governor and current Vice President Mike Pence, who was invited to be a guest speaker during the ceremony.

Here's what he had to say, in full:

"Over the last couple days many people have asked me if I walked out with my fellow students at commencement on Sunday, and this is a question I have lost sleep over. I am sad to say that I was not brave enough in that moment to stand with my peers against injustice. The hallowed ground that is Notre Dame Stadium as always stood for brotherhood, unity against the odds and the commitment to a single cause. So for me there is no better place for our students to make such a profound statement. I was disappointed and even disgusted to hear boost from the crowd as the protesters walked out. This is not the Notre Dame I've known and loved my whole life. Those young people are no different than the young people that stood with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. many years ago. These young intelligent minds are fighting on behalf of who feel marginalized by the Trump Administration and I am proud to say that I am a member of the Class of 2017 from the University of Notre Dame. I hope the message sent at commencement on Sunday was heard not only by the University but also the president himself. I stand with the members of #walkoutnd."

Bongiovi graduated this spring with a degree in political science.