Constitution Day

September 17th is National Constitution Day, commemorating the anniversary of when delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 signed our nation's founding principles and guiding laws. Columbia University is proud to recognize the significance of this anniversary and reflect on the impact that the U.S. Constitution continues to have on our public practices and governance. An online version of the Constitution can be found here.

Below are opportunities for you to learn more about the U.S. Constitution and participate in civic activities that were established by the Constitution and its Amendments. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Columbia’s Office of Government and Community Affairs at [email protected]

Happy Constitution Day! 

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Explore John Jay's Papers Online

John Jay, a graduate of King's College in 1764, was president of the Continental Congress from 1778-79, the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and author of five of the Federalist essays. Visit Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library for a collection of his papers. 

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Read the Constitution!

Written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, the United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words – “We The People” – affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. Read the entire constitution right here on our website.

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Register to Vote. Election Day Is Nov. 2

The election of a president and vice president was established through the 12th Amendment. Are you ready to vote on November 2nd? Visit the Neighbors website for more information on absentee voting, voter registration deadlines, and more.

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