On Thursday, September 17, 2020, the American Founding Group and the School of Public and International Affairs hosted a celebration of Constitution Day. The centerpiece of these festivities was a virtual lecture open to the public by Professor Michael Zuckert, the Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Notre Dame, entitled “The Consistency of James Madison: the Bill of Rights”. To view the lecture, click here.

This event is part of the University of Georgia’s Signature Lecture series.

Thank you to the Jack Miller Center and the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts for their generous support of Constitution Day. 


Constitution Day Itinerary
2:30 pm UGA Chapel  


What is Constitution Day?

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.

About the Speaker

Details for the 2021 Constitution Day event are coming soon.


Access provided for people with disabilities. Contact Caroline Paczkowski at by Friday, September 11, 2020 for specific requests.

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Previous Constitution Day Events