September 17 is recognized in the United States as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, which was officially established in 2004, is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year. This year marks the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. James Madison University is the only university in the United States named for the fourth president, who is known as the Father of the U.S. Constitution.

Celebrate Constitution Day at JMU!

James Madison University will commemorate the day with a variety of activities on campus on Thursday the 15th, as well as a trip to James Madison’s Montpelier on Saturday the 17th.

Mr. Madison greets students on Constitution Day

Thursday, September 15, 10am-1pm

The Commons (near D-Hall)

Pocket-sized copies of the Constitution will be distributed to the public, and cake will be served.

Dukes Votes will be present to promote the campus-wide voter registration contest.

Thursday, September 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Forbes Center Concert Hall

The Office of the President, in conjunction with the Madison Institutes of JMU Outreach and Engagement, welcomes Mr. John M. Bridgeland . John Bridgeland is founder and CEO of Civic, a social enterprise firm in Washington, D.C., and Vice Chair of the Service Year Alliance at The Aspen Institute, a new initiative to create a voluntary, civilian national service counterpart to military service in the United States.

Mr. Bridgeland will serve as the Constitution Day speaker in the Madison Vision Series

This event is free and open to the public. Students, Faculty, Staff and the community are encouraged to attend.

Saturday, September 17, 12:30pm-5pm (registration required)

JMU will be providing 100 JMU students with the opportunity to spend the afternoon at James Madison's Montpelier:

  • The buses will be at the Memorial Hall Lot C8, at 12:30 p.m. for a 1:00 departure. Buses will return to campus by approximately 5 p.m.
  • The afternoon will include tours of the house, grounds and gardens.

James Madison's Montpelier

  • Transportation and admission are being provided free of charge! Space is limited, so please register early.

For our JMU teachers (or any others), Constitution-related lesson plans and classroom programming ideas are available online at here.

Panoramic Shot of Constitution Day

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