UW Constitution Day

UW Constitution Day 2015

You are invited to join us in celebrating this landmark year in our Nation’s history with the reading of the Constitution, beginning at noon on Thursday October 15, 2015 at the  Suzzallo Library on UW’s Seattle Campus.

Come listen and learn!

Thursday October 15, 2015
Noon to 1:30
Suzzallo Library

Want to participate?  See what’s involved with being a reader and then sign-up to be one.

Why a Constitution Day?

“[e]ach educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”
Section 111 of Division J of Pub L. 108-447


Why don’t we read the Constitution on the day that it is supposed to be read, Constitution Day, September 17th?

We considered Constitution Day, but the university is not in session then and the campus is nearly deserted.  So, the UW Libraries staged its first Constitution reading in October 2006.  We were inspired and excited by the energy of the event, with participants vowing to read the Constitution every year.  Since then, we have held readings every autumn quarter.