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Constitution Day is a federal observance to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Check out our in-person and virtual events for this momentous occasion below.
Selfies with the Presidents
In Person 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Student Union Upper Lobby
Do you want to take a selfie with our first and current Presidents of the United States? Do you want to receive a copy of the US Constitution, learn about your rights, and register to vote? If so, come down to the Student Union Upper Lobby for our Selfies with the Presidents Constitution Day Celebration. Join us for music, snacks, and more!
View a Naturalization Ceremony
Virtual – 9:30 AM
On September 17 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, every year the National Constitution Center hosts a Naturalization Ceremony as part of our Constitution Day celebrations, during which fifty 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.
State of the Union: Civics
Virtual – 12:00 PM
Presented by the National Constitution Center. President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will be joined by leaders from government, education, and cultural institutions, including Dr. William R. Hite, superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, Louise Dubé, executive director of iCivics, and Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, to discuss the state of civics education in the United States. We will explore the essential skills needed for a robust republic and the tools necessary to promote active and healthy civil discourse in our country today. Panelists will share what their organizations are doing at every level to build guardrails of democracy and support students nationwide.
Constitution All Stars
Virtual – 1:00 PM
Presented by the National Constitution Center. Join President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and Chief Learning Officer Kerry Sautner for a special All-Star Edition of our popular Fun Friday classes. Part lecture and part lively conversation, our Scholar Exchanges give students the opportunity to learn about constitutional issues, while interacting with a constitutional expert. During the 2020-2021 year our guest speakers touched on a wide range of topics, including the Constitutional Convention, First Amendment freedoms, civil rights, women’s suffrage, the Supreme Court and its most important cases—past and present—and more! As we kick off our 2021-2022 year, some of our favorite constitutional experts, including professors Martha S. Jones, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and Robert P. George, return to share more knowledge and answer all of your Constitution Day questions.
The Legacy of America’s Founding Fathers
Virtual – 6:30 PM
On the evening of Constitution Day, the National Constitution Center will present a special Constitution Day America’s Town Hall program exploring how to understand the legacy of the American Revolution and the founders in the 21st century. Best-selling historian Gordon Wood will be joined at the National Constitution Center in person by fellow historian Edward Larson and virtually by author Emily Pears and scholar Lucas Morel to discuss Wood’s newest book Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution.
Contact Student Involvement ([email protected]) for more information about any of these events.