Constitution Day

Date: September 16–19, 2022

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Constitution Day is on September 17

On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the United States Constitution. This document was designed to be a framework of our government and establish the rights and freedoms for us, its citizens.

This year, St. Philip’s College is hosting both in-person and online activities at the MLK Campus on Friday, September, 16th, and at the SWC Campus on Monday, September 19th.

Going to be on campus?

  • On Friday, September 16th from 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. come by the MLK Campus Library (CLR) to pick up a pocket-sized Constitutions, learn more about your rights as a citizen, and speak with the League of Women Voters about how to register to vote so you can exercise your constitutional rights!
  • On Monday, September 19th from 11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. we’re going to be at the SWC Campus Library with the League of Women Voters and handing out more pocket-sized Constitutions

Want to Participate online? Join the SPC Arts and Sciences Department for their Constitution Day Discussions!

Friday, September 16 at 2:30 P.M. CST

With the signing of the US Constitution, the United States took a big leap from a confederation of states into one, united country. The Constitution is the foundation of the country, as we fought for our independence and formed a more perfect union with the promise of equal rights for all.

St. Philips College will celebrate Constitution Day with the speaker, Dr. Michael Grillo, Interim Dean for Academic Success of the Department of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Grillo will offer his perspective on the Constitution by speaking on how modern current events and foreign policy challenges are relevant and significant to the importance and protections of the US Constitution.

You are welcome to attend this event as St. Philips College students, staff, and faculty will be able to engage in a discussion that celebrates the adoption of the founding document of our government and its continued relevance to the strength and resilience of our democracy.

Our Constitutional Day event will be hosted on Friday, September 16, 2022, via Zoom at from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Please drop by and share an amazing event and get some great information!

Preamble Reading

Friday, September 16 at 8:30 A.M. ET and encore at 2:30 P.M. ET

Happy Constitution Day! Let’s read the Preamble to the Constitution together as We the People in front of the new inspiring First Amendment tablet overlooking Independence Mall.

Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony

Friday, September 16 at 9:30 A.M. ET

On September 16 we not only celebrate Constitution Day but also Citizenship Day, a holiday meant to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. In recognition of this special observance, the National Constitution Center hosts an annual Naturalization Ceremony as part of our Constitution Day celebrations, during which 50 immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States. The Honorable John R. Padova, senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, will preside over the ceremony. All of the new citizens will be given lifetime memberships to the National Constitution Center.

Judges on Judging Event

Friday, September 16 at 11:00 A.M. ET

Judge Marjorie Rendell, Judge Cheryl Ann Krause, and Judge Stephanos Bibas of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit join us to discuss how they approached some of the most significant appellate cases on last term’s docket. The judges will also explain how the federal courts of appeal work and their role in the federal courts system. 

Scholar Exchange: The Constitutional Convention

Friday, September 16 at 1:00 P.M. ET

Historians and legal experts join National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen for a discussion on the issues and events in early America that led to the Constitutional Convention. We will also explore the major debates at the Convention, and how those discussions shaped the future of the United States. Panelists will also discuss their careers, as well as answer questions from participants.

Common Ground and Compromise: A Congressional Conversation

Friday, September 16 at 3:30 P.M. ET

Join the National Constitution Center for an engaging and informative session with former U.S. Representatives to learn about what it's like to serve in the Legislative Branch. Our speakers will reveal what it's like to run for office and share their experiences from the campaign trail, as well as what a day in the life of a member of Congress looks like. They will also discuss the importance of bipartisanship and working across the aisle.