GROVE CITY, Pa. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence urged graduating students at a Pennsylvania college to become leaders and cited President Donald Trump’s leadership as an example.

Pence told hundreds of graduates and their families Saturday at the Grove City College commencement that they also need courage, because “leadership brings both honor and opposition.”

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Grove City is a private, Christian liberal arts college about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. He went on to praise the college as one of only a few in the country that refuses federal funding.

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Pence only mentioned Donald Trump’s name once when he used him as an example of perseverance and leadership. Otherwise he stayed away from the controversy surrounding the White House.

“He really made it all about the graduates and that’s what today’s all about,” parent Sal Mangiapane said.

Pence told graduates to inspire those around them, since people follow those they respect and aspire to service rather than selfish ambition.

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After his address, Pence stood on the platform and shook hands as each graduate passed after being handed their diplomas. While some of them refused, all of the graduates KDKA spoke to said they were glad he came.

“It was a good way to end the year and go out into the real world,” said Michael Cooper.

“I thought he did a wonderful job, I think it’s an honor to have anyone from the presidency come and speak to us,” Emma Vetter said.

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