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Constitution Day

Constitution Day is a celebration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine of the 55 Delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. The date is also designated Citizenship Day to focus on the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the Constitution. Coordinated by the College of Education’s James F. Ackerman Center for Democratic Citizenship, Constitution Day at Purdue University strives to educate students and community members about the Constitution and citizenship both historically and as they apply to today’s challenges.

This year’s Constitution Day will take place on:
September 17
10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118

Constitution Swag

  • Constitution Day T-shirts
  • Pocket-sized copies of the Constitution
  • Drawing for valuable Purdue merchandise
  • Coffee and cookies
  • Other unique gifts

Booths and Activities

  • Constitution Quiz-Off
    Students and celebrities will test their knowledge of the Constitution in a Jeapordy- style quiz show in the Great Hall
    • 10:30 am ROTC or Student Quiz Off
    • 11:30 am ROTC or Student Quiz Off
    • 12:30 pm Celebrity Quiz Off with Lafayette, West Lafayette and Purdue community leaders
  • Interactive Exhibits
    Multimedia exhibits will provide opportunities to learn about many facets of the Constitution. The more activities you do, the more chances you have to win prizes!
      Activities such as:
    • iCivics
      Online interactive games. Participate in a simulated Supreme Court hearing and run your Constitutional Law Firm! iCivics is a web-based education project design to teach civics and inspire to be active participant in U.S. democracy.
    • Purdue University Libraries’ ‘Banned Book’ Exhibit
      Students can see how the First Amendment impacts their lives through this display of books that have been (or remain) censored. Information on censorship and important censorship cases will also be displayed.
    • America Rock® “The Preamble”
      Watch this classic cartoon treatment of the events leading up to the signing of the Constitution and sing along to the familiar lyrics.


Thanks to the Office of the Vice President for Student Services and all those across the University that have been instrumental in the support and planning of Purdue’s Constitution Day event.

Public Law 108-477 contained in the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 states that “each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.