Pence will no longer deliver commencement at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Updated: 10:22 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2020 

FRANKLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin Lutheran College announced Thursday, Aug. 27, that Vice President Mike pence will no longer deliver the commencement address Saturday, Aug. 29, citing "escalating events in Kenosha." 

A statement from the college said the Board of Regents and the Administration have jointly decided to present a different speaker instead VP Pence. 

Rev. Mark Jeske of St. Marcus Lutheran Church has agreed to serve as the commencement speaker.


Published: 3:42 p.m. on Aug. 24, 2020 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to return to Wisconsin to deliver the commencement address Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran College in a suburb of Milwaukee.

The college in Franklin announced Pence's plans last week and the White House confirmed the visit on Monday.

Pence was just in Wisconsin last week for a stop that coincided with the Democratic National Convention. The private college with about 1,200 students defended its decision to invite Pence in a statement posted on its website.

More than 230 students and alumni signed an open letter posted online objecting to the visit.

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