This is newsworthy because Notre Dame has a tradition of inviting the new president to give the address.

Campus Reform reports:

Pence, not Trump, to deliver ND Commencement address

Mike Pence will be the first U.S. vice president to deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, which traditionally invites the president during his first year in office.

“It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen,” Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins told Notre Dame News.

Kevin Burke, secretary of the ND College Republicans, was pleasantly surprised to learn of Pence’s plans to give the commencement speech.

“We found out when the news broke on Twitter. We did not receive any advance notice. I was actually in a US Foreign policy class when I saw it pop up on my feed,” Burke told Campus Reform.

“The Notre Dame College Republicans are very proud to have Notre Dame host Vice President Mike Pence as this year’s commencement speaker,” the group said in a statement to Campus Reform. “Vice President Pence has a proven track record of Conservative principles and has staunchly defended Christian values during his time in public office.”