Constitution Day is celebrated each year on September 17 to commemorate the September 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution. The day was originally proposed by the Daughters of the American revolution with the purpose of informing people about the constitution of America’s heritage, encouraging the study of historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution, and emphasizing citizen responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution. In 1956, President Eisenhower signed into law Constitution Week which runs September 17–23, to commemorate the ratification of the Constitution.
Any educational institution that receives federal funding is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.
Our Constitution Day celebrations this year will focus on the 26th Amendment of the Constitution which celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 1. The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18. As a college campus, we're excited to use Constitution Day to celebrate this milestone and educate our students.
We will be celebrating Constitution Day in several ways this fall:
If you need an accommodation to fully participate in any of these events, please contact the Center for Civic Engagement at (309) 428-1100 or CivicEngagement@IllinoisState.edu. Please allow time to arrange the accommodation.
All members of the Illinois State community are also invited to participate in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' American Democracy Project's National Constitution Day Conversation on Friday, September 17 from 12pm - 1pm CT. Designed to reach across differences, this hour-long event, hosted by AASCU’s American Democracy Project and the New York Times, creates a space for open discussion of the U.S. Constitution. This national facilitated dialogue is based on the fundamental value of the pursuit of knowledge for the public good. We will provide access to information about the U.S. Constitution, but you need not be an expert to enjoy this event and to share in the lively conversation. Open to all higher education students, faculty, and staff. Bring your classes and student organizations, and join us for this national dialogue. Register Now.