We the People: NIU to celebrate Constitution Day

U.S. ConstitutionEvery educational institution that receives federal funds is required to hold an educational program Sept. 17 related to the U.S. Constitution, which was signed Sept. 17, 1787.

Northern Illinois University will commemorate Constitution Day during a panel discussion of College of Law faculty who will discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court cases. The event is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Riley Courtroom of Swen Parson Hall.

Pocket-size copies of the constitution will be distributed during the talk and at the Holmes Student Center.

Beginning at 11 a.m. that day, Dining Services will dish up free pieces of “Happy Birthday Constitution” cake at the Blackhawk Food Court and the College Grind.

The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Sen. Robert Byrd to the omnibus spending bill. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as Citizenship Day.

For more information on the law panel discussion, call (815) 753-1027 or email mmitchell@niu.edu.

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