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On Sunday, Sept. 17, UC is joining historic and educational institutions across the country in celebrating Constitution Day — a holiday commemorating the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Constitution Day is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the historic document that continues to shape the nation more than 200 years after it was created, and UC has created a dedicated website where you can explore the document’s history, framers, frequently asked questions and more.

President Drake has issued the following message to UC students to mark this occasion:

Dear Students:

As President of the University of California, I also want to take this opportunity to call your attention to “Constitution Day.”

In 2005, the federal government enacted a law that requires all schools receiving federal funds to hold an educational program on the United States Constitution each year on September 17, Constitution Day.

Because most UC campuses begin their fall terms in late September, after Constitution Day, I invite you to take a few moments to look over UC’s Constitution Day website. I hope this brief exploration will spark your curiosity and broaden your knowledge of and appreciation for this historic and important document.

As students of the University of California, you are privileged to have ready access to a range of historical, political, sociological, and legal perspectives on the study of the U.S. Constitution. I urge you to explore UC’s print and electronic library holdings on the Constitution, take a Constitution-related course outside your major, e.g., history, political science, law/legal studies, or engage in a research-oriented enterprise such as independent study.

I hope you enjoy broadening your knowledge of the Constitution during the coming academic year.

Michael V. Drake, M.D.
UC President

Visit UC’s Constitution Day website to learn more about the Constitution and its creation.

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