RELIGION

Former President Jimmy Carter among those honoring Notre Dame's Hesburgh at funeral

  • Former Notre Dame president Rev. Edward Malloy speaks during the wake for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, inside the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thousands of students, alumni and admirers were expected on the University of Notre Dame campus Tuesday to pay their respects to Hesburgh, who served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)

    Former Notre Dame president Rev. Edward Malloy speaks during the wake for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, inside the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thousands of students, alumni and admirers were expected on the University of Notre Dame campus Tuesday to pay their respects to Hesburgh, who served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mourners gather outside Sacred Heart Basilica to listen to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh's funeral service, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. Hesbergh, who served as Notre Dame's president for 35 years, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at age 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Becky Malewitz)

    Mourners gather outside Sacred Heart Basilica to listen to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh's funeral service, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in South Bend, Ind. Hesbergh, who served as Notre Dame's president for 35 years, died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at age 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Becky Malewitz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Notre Dame president John Jenkins looks on during the wake for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, inside the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thousands of students, alumni and admirers were expected on the University of Notre Dame campus Tuesday to pay their respects to Hesburgh, who served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)

    Notre Dame president John Jenkins looks on during the wake for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, inside the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. Thousands of students, alumni and admirers were expected on the University of Notre Dame campus Tuesday to pay their respects to Hesburgh, who served as the school's president for 35 years while also promoting human rights. Hesburgh died Thursday, Feb. 26. He was at 97. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Former President Jimmy Carter and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be among the speakers at a tribute to the late Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, who was president of Notre Dame for 35 years.

Hesburgh's funeral is planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday and there is a tribute Wednesday night.

Hesburgh was known for championing civil rights and diplomacy around the globe as he built Notre Dame into an academic powerhouse. He retired in 1987 and died Thursday at age 97.

A steady stream of mourners passed through the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on campus Tuesday during Hesburgh's wake.

Gov. Mike Pence has ordered flags at state facilities across Indiana to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday to honor Hesburgh.