All federally funded schools and colleges are required to commemorate the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia introduced the amendment (December, 2004) that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. The legislation requires that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution. Constitution Day is a celebration of the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution. When September 17 falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, Constitution Day may be celebrated the preceding or following week.
Constitution Day is intended to increase student awareness and appreciation of this important document of freedom.