NAICU Washington Update

September 17 is Constitution Day

September 11, 2014

Educational institutions receiving federal funds are mandated to observe each September 17 as Constitution Day.

Passed in 2005, the Congressional mandate requires colleges to conduct educational programs related to the United States Constitution. The day is designed to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution.

Since the legislative provision does not define “educational program,” there is a great deal of latitude as to how exactly a college or university chooses to honor the day.

The Library of Congress lists a number of resources for planning activities and recognizing the day on their web site. In addition, the Constitution Center web site offers a number of idea starters.

NAICU encourages all of our members to embrace this opportunity to advance civic education.

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