Looking back to the presidents that have spoken at Notre Dame's commencement

Published: May. 20, 2017 at 9:26 PM EDT
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Vice President Mike Pence is Notre Dame's commencement speaker.

It's not every year someone from the White House takes the stage.

But as Maria Catanzarite explains, past presidents have a strong showing at Notre Dame's graduation.

As luck would have it, it's a Notre Dame tradition to invite US presidents to speak at commencement.

How it all started? Well, a happy accident.

In 1960, Father Hesburgh booked President Eisenhower two weeks before graduation. The four others he invited had other engagements.

President Carter came in 1977

Four years later, an unforgettable trip for the Hollywood star, President Reagan.

His first visit out of Washington since the attempted assassination.

In 1992 President Bush came.

An 8 year stretch before Obama's turn, but not without people up in arms. The pro-life movement protested the pro-choice president.

Will Sunday be the start of something new?

Mike Pence becoming the first vice president to give the commencement address.

In all, seven US presidents have spoken at Notre Dame's graduation.

JFK spoke at winter commencement in 1950 when he was a congressman.