On May 24, 2005, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education announced that, pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. A notice published in the Federal Register outlined the requirements for such a program. The legislation did not authorize funds to carry out this requirement and the Notice of Implementation does not indicate that the Department of Education has plans to monitor compliance.
In honor of the 230th anniversary of the signing of United States Constitution on September 17, 1787, Texas A&M University is joining thousands of citizens, teachers, and students nationwide in celebrating Constitution Day. Join the celebration by participating in the activities planned for the Texas A&M campus and the Bryan-College Station community.
- The La Villita Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in collaboration with the Bryan & College Station Library System will have an exhibit on the Constitution at the Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station.
Saturday, September 16
- Halftime – Texas Aggie Football – Texas A&M v. University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will pay tribute to the Constitution in the band’s halftime performance.
Sunday, September 17, Constitution Day
- The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum will distribute pocket-sized and full-size Constitutions to the first 70 visitors.
- 3:00 p.m. – Bells Across America -Texas A&M University’s Albritton Tower Carillon will play patriotic music as part of the nationwide initiative “Bells Across America.
- 10:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “The American Founding: Revolutionary or Conservative?
Monday, September 18
- 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – The Texas A&M University Libraries celebrate Constitution Day. Come by Evans Library to celebrate the Constitution by posting what the Constitution means to you and what rights it preserves for you. Students can also pick-up a free copy of the Constitution during this time.
- Noon – 3:00 p.m. – Second Annual Aggie Agora Constitutional Convention, led by Dr. Joe Ura, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, associate professor of communication. Attendees will receive tricorner hats and pocket copies of the United States’ Constitution and will work together to propose and debate amendments to the Constitution. Lunch will be provided. Seats are limited; registration is required. Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aggie-agora-constitutional-convention-tickets-37344509433.
- 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “The Theory of the Declaration and the Constitution.” Tuesday, September 19
Tuesday, September 19
- 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “The Problem of Majority Tyranny and the Necessity of Union.”
Wednesday, September 20
- 7:00 p.m. – Wiley Lecture Series Constitution Day Forum “The Environment and Our Posterity” MSC 2406, featuring a panel of noted experts.
- 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “Consent of the Governed and the Separation of Powers.”
Thursday, September 21
- 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “To Secure These Rights: Economics, Religion, and Character.”
Friday, September 22
- 11:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “Crisis of the Constitution: Slavery and Secession.”
Saturday, September 23
- 10:00 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “The Progressive Rejection of the Principles of the Declaration.”
- 10:46 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “The Progressive Assault on the Constitution.”
- 11:29 p.m. – KAMU-TV presents “The Administrative State Today.”
Sunday, September 24
- 12:12 a.m. – KAMU-TV presents “Modern Conservatism and the Constitution.”