Constitution Day at the University of West Georgia
The University of West Georgia’s Ingram Library, American Democracy Project, and Department of Political Science proudly announce the 2018 celebration of our nation’s founding document.
"[E]ach 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." - Section 111 of Division J of Pub L. 108-447. See Federal requirement for Constitution Day and more background on Constitution Day & Citizenship Day from the Law Library of Congress
On September 17, 2018, UWG will hold the inaugural reading of the Constitution on our campus. The celebration will begin at noon with a live reading of the U.S. Constitution by faculty, staff, students, and community members. Anyone wishing to volunteer to read a section of the Constitution is welcome.
The live reading of the Constitution is a reminder of the continuing importance of the document 229 years after its ratification.
This event will also kick off the American Democracy Project’s ALL IN campaign, a
national cooperative of universities competing to register the most voters on their
campuses. A registration table will be available for anyone wishing to become a Georgia
voter. The ALL IN campaign will continue through the 2018 elections in November, as
part of an effort to register, inform, and mobilize young people into political action
through the ballot box.
Information for Readers
Thank you for volunteering to be part of the reading of the Constitution! We appreciate your willingness to read! We welcome walk-in readers, but appreciate it when people sign up in advance!
When: Monday, September 17, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. noon. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m.
The entire reading takes about 75 minutes. It is okay if you need to read and leave early.
Where: East Commons Amphitheater (Ingram Library in case of inclement weather)
What to bring: nothing; we will provide an easy-to-read (large print) edition of the
Wear regular work attire -- work-related uniforms welcome!
Your reading: will be very brief (about five sentences) and assigned to you at the event. We cannot guarantee you a specific section.
If you would like to prepare, read the Constitution beforehand (click link):