When is Constitution Day?

September 17

What is Constitution Day?

Constitution Day commemorates the day the U.S. Constitution was signed – September 17, 1787. Each year educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to host educational programming for their students focused on the U.S. Constitution. While each campus provides its own programming, the UH System has created this page to provide resources for all UH students, including a downloadable copy of both the U.S. Constitution and the Hawai‘i State Constitution.

For more resources that can be used to develop educational programming please visit the following sites:

Past Constitution Day Educational Events

UH Mānoa

2021: UH Mānoa hosted a Constitution Day Quiz.

The Richardson School of Law, which always hosts a presentation on this day, co-hosted an event with the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, “Finding Home; Building Community.

UH Hilo

2020: UH Hilo shared trivia facts and resources about the U.S. Constitution on their social media accounts throughout the day. We encourage you to connect with us @uhhilo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Department of Political Science and Administration of Justice hosted a Constitution Day Celebration including games and films at the Campus Center Plaza

2018: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/kekalahea/constitution-day-at-uh-hilo

2017: https://hilo.hawaii.edu/news/kekalahea/constitution-day-2017

UH West Oʻahu

2021: UHWO collaborated with Leeward CC and Windward CC for a tri-campus event.

1. The campuses created a general and basic “Constitution” knowledge quiz; if students answered 8 out of the 10 questions on the constitution correctly, they were entered into their campus drawing where they are currently enrolled. Links to the quiz went out via social media, and student were allowed to “google” answers if they did not know.

2. The campuses held a live (which we recorded) zoom event on September 17 entitle “Let’s Talk About the First Amendment.” UHWO Constitution Law faculty was the presenter. During the presentation, students were given 5 verbal codes, which they could submit for a chance to win prizes on their campus where they were currently registered. There were several great questions from students who attended regarding First Amendment rights.

3. The campuses gave away pocket constitutions leading up to the event and will have them available for students next week.

All event planning and information, including all social media that was posted leading up to the event have been preserved and saved for reference for all 3 campuses to access.

UHWO has worked with the Student Pre-law group who sponsored a visit from a Hawai‘i Supreme Court Justice who discussed the Hawai‘i constitution.

We had a constitution discussion and presentation about first amendment.

We also showed the Ruth Bader Ginsberg documentary and discussed civil rights

Hawaiʻi Community College

Provides resources on their website for students: http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/financialaid/constitution_day and communicates with students about the day.

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu CC, typically plans an in-person event for Constitution Day.

2021: Honolulu CC hosted two fun, interactive Zoom BINGO activities on Friday, 9/17 and Monday, 9/20 for students to learn about the rights and liberties protected the U.S. Constitution. Pocket constitution books were also distributed to students.

This is a promo for our live BINGO event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mMfPPrfSDA.

2020: However, for 2020, we sent the following message:

Aloha HonCC Students
RED, WHITE & TEAL
This week is “Red, White & Teal” in honor of the US Constitution Day and the upcoming deadline for Voter Registration on Oct 3. It’s a school spirit and patriotic mash up. EVERYONE who is a current Honolulu Community College student and completes the challenge below by the end of the week will win a prize that will be mailed to your home.

    1. Post on your IG story of you wearing Teal & White/Teal & Red
      OR
    2. Repost on your story & Tag @HonCC_Student Life & Development plus 2 friends.

2019: Hosted an open mic event

2018: CSOs supported Free Speech Week

Kapiʻolani Community College

2021: Hosted free virtual BINGO for Constitution Day.

Leeward Community College

2021: Leeward CC hosted a Constitution Day Kahoot! Via Zoom with prizes and a raffle. They also hosted a Constitution Day Workshop from 10am – 11:30am.

Leeward CC, Windward CC, and UH West Oʻahu co-hosted an online event “Let’s Talk About the First Amendment.” Professor Tom Hirsbrunner presented and gave a 45 minute presentation about the Constitution and Bill of Rights with some focus on the First Amendment.

2020: Leeward CC took their event virtual on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CFSbdrUjMBq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Print Your Own Pocket Constitution

UH William S. Richardson School of Law

Contact

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Last modified: January 27, 2022