University Libraries, the Office of Civic Engagement and the Department of Communication have partnered to host a Constitution Day event from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Dr. Roscoe Williams Ballroom of the Jaguar Student Activities Center.
The event serves to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which took place Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia.
In 2004, Congress designated Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, requiring that all federal agencies and educational institutions that receive federal funds host educational programming on the Constitution.
This year, Augusta University’s Constitution Day programming will include a public reading of the U.S. Constitution featuring any students, faculty and community members who wish to participate.
Brad Warren, dean of University Libraries, will begin the event by recognizing the 60th anniversary of the Federal Depository Library Program at Augusta University — a program that provides the public ready access to federal documents.
Warren will then introduce Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, to lead the main event, a cooperative reading of the Constitution.
Following the reading, representatives from the faculty and the student body will square off in a quiz to see how they would fare on the U.S. citizenship test.
The first 150 event attendees will receive pizza and drinks courtesy of the event sponsors. Other light refreshments will be available as well as take-home copies of the Constitution, small flags, flag pins and more.
Additionally, the CSRA League of Women Voters will be in attendance to offer voter registration information.