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Sep 16
UGA 2019-20 Signature Lecture: Constitution Day 2019
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
UGA Chapel

Constitution Day 2019

Constitution Day is the annual celebration of the day that representatives to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia completed and signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The observance of this day began as “I am an American Day” in 1940 and later as Citizenship Day in 1952 when the celebration was moved to September 17 to commemorate the signing of the original document. Constitution Day as we observe it today was recognized as a federal holiday in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and to thoughtfully engage with the nation’s founding document.

On Monday, September 16, 2019, the American Founding Group and the School of Public and International Affairs will host a celebration of Constitution Day. The centerpiece of these festivities is a lecture by Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Chair in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.  In addition, historical documents and materials related to the American founding and U.S. Constitution will be on display at the Chapel from the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

For more information about the 2019 Constitution Day celebration at UGA, click here.


Monday, September 16, 2019
1:30 – 2:45 pm


UGA Chapel
109 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602


The North Campus Parking Deck offers convenient pay-by-the-hour parking for Constitution Day events. Visitors should enter the parking deck’s main entrance on 230 S. Jackson Street. View Google Map

For alternative parking options, please consult UGA Parking Services’ Visitor Parking Information page.


Access can be provided for people with disabilities. Contact Kalah Mingo at kalah.mingo@uga.edu by Friday, August 30, 2019 for specific requests.


Laura Bayne at larline@uga.edu or 706-542-6511
Keith Dougherty at dougherk@uga.edu or 706-542-2989

For more information about the 2019 Constitution Day celebration at UGA, click here.


UGA Chapel