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Loyola celebrates Constitution Day

Loyola press release - September 17, 2012

Each year, Loyola University New Orleans celebrates Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The day recognizes citizens born in the U.S. and those who became citizens by naturalization.

As part of the celebration, faculty, staff and students are invited to view a display of materials related to the Constitution, located at the front of the Monroe Library in the new book area. The library also has an electronic list of materials related to the Constitution.

The late Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believed that the American primary, secondary and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered legislation that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by the president, that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. The law was designed to increase students' knowledge about the constitution.