Constitution Day 2020

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APU joins with schools across the nation in celebrating Constitution Day on Thursday, September 17. Students are invited to attend a virtual lecture titled "Alexander Hamilton’s Defense of the Constitution," led by Kenneth Leonardo, Ph.D. The event will take place at 1 p.m. on September 17, and will consist of a 20-30 minute lecture and a 20-minute Q&A.

To RSVP for the lecture, please contact the Department of History and Political Science at

About Constitution Day:

Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and Congress’ unofficial constitutional scholar, believes that American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd proposed an amendment that was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate as a way to help increase students' knowledge about the constitution. Legislation requires that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of each year. This date was selected in recognition of September 17, 1787, when the 39 delegates of the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American public, changing the course of history.

Take a moment to browse resources with more information about the U.S. Constitution.