We the People: Celebrate the United States Constitution

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Two hundred and thirty years ago, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia's Independence Hall to sign the United States Constitution. Today, educational institutions across the country recognize this event on and around Sept. 17 with educational events and celebrations.

Signed into law in 2004, Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and also recognizes “all who, by coming of age or naturalization, have become citizens.” Government officials are encouraged to display the flag of the United States on government buildings to commemorate Constitution and Citizenship Day, and the people of the United States are invited to observe the day “in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.”

In 2005, Congress determined that educational institutions that receive federal funds for a given year must hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 of that year for the students they serve.

Faculty, staff and students at Appalachian have taken this opportunity to plan several events during the week of Sept. 17 to engage our campus community in discussions about the U.S. Constitution, its history and its meaning in today’s world.


Dave by the Bell: Constitution Week and You
Ucomm's own Dave Blanks wanders around campus along with intern Liz Pope to find out what the phrase, "We the people" means to App State Students.

University Communications’ Dave Blanks likes to ask students random questions. The result: a production of short conversations that showcase the character of Appalachian State University’s student body. Sometimes fun, sometimes serious, these impromptu conversations draw on topics both timely and topical.


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Illustration by Jim Fleri