Constitution Day

Contact Information

Bill Wilson, Director of the Madison Institutes


The purpose of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is to commemorate the creation and signing of the supreme law of the land and to honor and celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship for both native-born and naturalized citizens. Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17 of each year. JMU is the only university in the United States named for the fourth president, who is known as the Father of the U.S. Constitution. JMU commemorates the day with a variety of activities on campus including a speaker, a trip to James Madison's Montpelier, distribution of pocket-sized copies of the Constitution, refreshments and other activities.

Web Presence


Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Students, Involves Participants External to JMU


National Scope


Recurring Event (Yearly)


Recurring Event (Occurs on a regular basis but not continual)

Primary Focus of Program

Governance and Public Policy

Areas of Engagement

Civic Engagement, Community Engagement, Engaged Learning



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