Constitution Day

a picture of the consitution

Each year on September 17 the University joins the nation in celebrating Constitution Day -- the anniversary of the date when delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 signed the Constitution. The day was established as a federal observance in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The Office of Government and Community Affairs informs Columbia’s student population of Constitution-related programming and opportunities to observe the day.

Free Pocket Constitutions

In recognition of Constitution Day, the Office of Government and Community Affairs hands out free pocket-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution to members of the Columbia community, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 13th in rooms 302 & 309 Low Library.

Events and Resources

Constitution Day with Judge James C. Ho (5th Cir.): On Tuesday at 12:10, join the Federalist Society at Columbia Law School to celebrate Constitution Day with Judge James C. Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

U.S. Constitution Day: Free Speech on Campus?: On Tuesday, September 17 at 5:45, Professor Sigal Ben-Porath of the University of Pennsylvania will speak at Milbank Chapel about her book, Free Speech on Campus, and accommodating difficult dialogues on campus without creating a hostile environment for vulnerable students. RSVP and request disability-related accommodations with this form.

Attending to the Legacies and Afterlives of Slavery: Amend the 13th and Reparations, part of 1619 and Its Legacies: Symposium, Roundtable Discussion & Poetic Reading: On Thursday, September 26 from 2:30 to 4:00 at Faculty House, Flores Forbes, Katherine Franke, Kendall Thomas, and Rinaldo Walcott will discuss reparations and the movement to modify the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. 

Awakening Our Democracy Series from the Office of University Life: AWAKENING OUR DEMOCRACY is Columbia's conversation series on disparities and justice issues at the forefront of the University's and the nation's consciousness. Past events, including conversations on border control and guns, can be viewed on YouTube. 

Additional Resources

John Jay served as President of the Continental Congress from 1778-1779. For those interested in learning more about this historic figure, Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library holds a unique and impressive collection of John Jay's papers, including a copy of the first bound volume of the Federalist Papers published in 1788, letters to and from George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, and more. For information, including background and biographical material, please visit the Papers of John Jay digital archive

The Library of Congress American Memory site provides numerous resources on the Constitution.

For a variety of other resources related to the Constitution, please visit the National Constitution Center website.