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Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed and adopted the United States Constitution, a written charter for a new federal government. The delegates sought to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account federal and state interests, as well as individual human rights. The original document established the framework of a federal government that is still in place today, organized as three co-equal branches:  legislative, executive, and judicial.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is a federal observance that recognizes that historic day and those who have become US citizens.

At Mills College, we celebrate and mark Constitution Day in several ways, starting with circulating copies of the Constitution so that the original founding words can be (re-)read.  We stimulate thought and conversation among the entire Mills community about the concept of a national constitution by encouraging discussion and writing of individual interpretations of the Constitution and of the fundamental rights it recognizes.  Thought-provoking prompts are posted which might include: “The Constitution matters to me when…” “If I could make a change to the Constitution…” “We have the right to…”

Though recognizing Constitution Day is a requirement of every educational institution that receives Federal funds, Mills observes the day for more compelling reasons: in order to enhance civic understanding and engagement among our campus community. We look forward to your participation.


Last Updated: 6/19/17