We Are Celebrating Constitution Day on September 17, 2012
Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believes that the American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered an amendment that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the Unites States Senate in an attempt to increase students' knowledge about the constitution.
The legislation requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. September 17th was selected as the date for the celebration due to the fact that on September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American Public. Click here to visit the official Constitution Day website.
Constitution Day materials will be available in the J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library. The Loyola community will be invited to view a display of materials related to the Constitution at the front of the Monroe Library in the new book area. In addition, the library has an electronic list of materials related to the Constitution.
If you are in the Danna Center on Constitution Day, check out the special Constitution and Citizenship Day information running on the TVs throughout the building. Also, starting at 11:30AM in the One Loyola Room, students, faculty, and ftaff will be able to come out and get a free cupcake and sign our Civility Values Pledge.
Look for postings on our Facebook and Google + pages as well as our Twitter feed starting August 17th as we Countdown to Constitution Day. Thanks to the National Constitution Center , the Bill of Rights Institute, Constitution Facts.com and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Faithful Citizenship website for allowing us to utilize their resources.
- Annual Constitution Day Notice (sent out on Friday, September 14th. 2012 on the campus e-mail network)
- Loyola Celebrates Constitution Day
- Jesuit Colleges and Universities Celebrate Constitution Day
- Countdown to Constitution Day
Voter Registration Information
We encourage all students to register to vote. As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, Loyola is committed the cause of social justice. We encourage our students to participate in the electoral process as it is critical in living a life as "men and women for others" who are aware of the needs of under privileged and marginalized populations. Read more about why voting matters.
Updated September 17, 2012