Constitution Day

West Chester University



Constitution Day at West Chester University

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America".

In 2004, the 108th Congress of the United States passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, Public Law 108-447. In that Act )section 111b, "---[e]ach educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year for the students served by the educational institution.." The 17th of September is the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In compliance with Federal legislation, West Chester University is committed to institutionalizing Constitution Day Programming.

Constitution Day at West Chester University is considered part of the larger University efforts to promote civic engagement and student leadership. Beginning in 2005, a series of public lectures, debates, activities and other programming have served to integrate the connection between the Constitution and the framers call for civic participation and engagement. Previous activities are noted on the tab at left. Resources for those interested in further understanding Constitution Day as well as the Constitution (facts, resources, quizzes) can be found via the Quick Links to the right.

For campus information regarding Constitution Day, please contact Dr. Peter Loedel, Chair, Department of Political Science at