Constitution Day

September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (Constitution Day) annually. This day commemorates the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the United States Constitution. Every year, HSU honors Constitution Day with events like:

  • HSU Constitution Day web page
  • PowerPoint presentation on TV screen in front of Financial Aid Office
  • Handouts about Constitution Day
  • Downloadable link to the U.S. Constitution and other appropriate resources to students

Some resources for students to learn about the U.S. Constitution:

Federal law requires, “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution around September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.” See: Public Law 108-447, div. J, § 111(b), 18 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Dec. 8, 2004).

The U.S. Department of Education reads the law to require the program within a week of Constitution Day, particularly if Sept. 17 is not a working day. See: 70 Fed. Reg. 29727 (May 24, 2005). Any public or private school not in compliance may lose access to federal education funds.