Constitution Day became a national observance in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and learn more about our founding document. Senator Byrd once said, "Our ideals of freedom, set forth and realized in our Constitution, are our greatest export to the world." He added the Constitution Day clause to his 2004 federal spending bill because he believed that all citizens should know about their rights as outlined in the Constitution. This clause mandates the teaching of the Constitution in schools that receive federal funds.
On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. We encourage all Americans to observe this important day in our nation's history by attending local events in your area. Celebrate Constitution Day through activities, learning, parades and demonstrations of our Love for the United State of America and the Blessings of Freedom Our Founding Fathers secured for us.
On Thursday, September 19th at 4:15 PM in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library a Claremont Discourse panel discussion will be held in recognition of Constitution Day:
- Is Education a(n) (implied) Constitutional Right?
- A Constitution Day Discussion
- A Constitution Day Discussion with:
William Perez, Claremont Graduate University
Gilda Ochoa, Pomona College
David Menefee-Libey, Pomona College
Moderated by Jacob Adams, Claremont Graduate University