United States Constitution and Citizenship Day
In commemoration of the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution. A Congressional initiative requires that educational institutions receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education “shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.” (PL 108-447, “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,” Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Sec.111)
To accomplish this, Shenandoah University:
- Provides information and events related to the Constitution each year
- Developed this website as a valuable resource for students using informational tools including sources recommended by the U.S. Department of Education [Federal Register: May 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 99)]
2022 Commemoration Events
- Students were welcomed to listen in on Dr. Jon Gettman’s “Due Process and the Constitution” talk focusing on Moore et al. v. Dempsey, 261 U.S. 86 (1923) highlighting the importance of due process.
- Another opportunity for students was by becoming part of the democratic process and registering to vote at the women’s soccer game at Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium.
Moore et al. v. Dempsey, 261 U.S. 86 (1923) – The Story of the Case
2021 Commemoration Event
- Student’s had the opportunity to learn about the constitution at our 2021 commemoration event.
- There was also an opportunity for students to take an abbreviated citizenship test, with gift cards being provided to the top three scorers.
2020 Commemoration Event
Learn more about the U.S. Constitution at these sites:
- Library of Congress Repositories for Constitutional documents
- The National Archives “Charters of Freedom” website
- The National Archives research network