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Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Commemoration of this event takes place each year by decree of Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004. (Pub. L. 108-447, div. J, title I, Sec. 111, Dec. 8, 2004, 118Stat.3344(d);

All institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to provide educational programming to inform students about the U.S.Constitution. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, we observe the occasion on an adjacent weekday.

The Constitution is a vital part of the cultural heritage and the history of the United States of America and we are pleased to provide these resources to our student body and the general public. Any events affiliated with Constitution Day will also be posted here each year.


2020 Constitution Day Commemoration

Voting rights are guaranteed by the Constitution. Voting is one of the most important ways you can affect the future of our country – and your future. Learn more about upcoming dates, voter ID, absentee ballots, voter registration at UWM’s Student Voter web page.

Request a pocket Constitution by emailing let-sci@uwm.edu. Include your mailing address.

Check out these free seminars:

“Mighty Times: Youth Voices and the First Amendment”

Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presenter: Mary Beth Tinker is an American free speech activist known for her role in the 1969 Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District Supreme Court case, which ruled that Warren Harding Junior High School could not punish her for wearing a black armband in school in support of a truce in the Vietnam War.

Event Details
WebEx Virtual Lecture

“Constitution Day with Kimberly Wehle: How to Read the Constitution — and Why”

Thursday, September 17, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Presenter: Kim Wehle, Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law

Event Details
WebEx Virtual Lecture


  • Read the U.S. Constitution. Produced by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site contains a full transcript of the Constitution as well as images of the original document and other historical facts.
  • 8 Basic Facts about the Bill of Rights.
  • 25 Landmark Constitutional Law Supreme Court Decisions.
  • Register to Vote and Election Information. The right to vote is one of the fundamental rights in the Constitution. This site provides information on voter registration and information on upcoming elections.
  • Test your Constitutional knowledge with this online quiz
  • Test your overall civics knowledge with icivics, an online game created by Sandra Day O’Connor.
  • Resources for teachers or educators to plan lessons on the Constitution
  • Additional classroom lessons