Constitution Day


Constitution Day celebrated September 16th 2016 at UTHSCConstitution Day and Citizenship Day! Every secondary and postsecondary school receiving federal funds must teach about the U.S. Constitution on September 17. Individually, the school can determine what kind of educational program they want to administer for enrolled students, but they must hold one every year on the now-named "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day." If September 17th falls on a weekend or holiday, the schools are advised to schedule a program immediately before or after that date. This year, UTHSC will provide programming on September 16th.

Are you wondering why September 17th was designated? Some people believe education on the U.S. Constitution has suffered from neglect and routine treatment despite it being established in the secondary school curriculum. Most Americans are exposed to formal education on the U.S. Constitution at least three times in secondary school. Okay, September 17th is significant because the United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. Did you also know the United States has the world's oldest written constitution, and that it was written in Philadelphia?

As part of an educational programming effort on the U.S. Constitution the Office of Equity and Diversity will have a limited number of pocket size U.S. Constitution booklets, available in English and Spanish, on September 16th in Madison Plaza Lobby for students, staff and faculty. You may also learn more about Constitution and Citizenship Day at Oak Hill Publishing Company's ConstitutionFacts.com.