The 235th birthday for our Constitution
September 16, 2022
All Knowledge Areas
We are approaching a very important date for all of us in the United States. September 17th is our Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. This day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution.
Why is it relevant? September 17th honors the document that guarantees Americans their essential rights. Since its ratification at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787, the Constitution of the United States has served as the basis for all U.S. laws. The United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers successfully separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments. More a concise statement of national principles than a detailed plan of governmental operation, the Constitution has evolved to meet the changing needs of a modern society profoundly different from the eighteenth-century world in which its creators lived.
As a university recognized by the United States Department of Education, Schiller International University, Schiller will be commemorating this day. Regardless of your nationality, we encourage you to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means for you to be an active citizen of your country.
Quoting President JFK, “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country”.
Happy Constitution Day!