Constitution Day

The late Senator Robert C. Byrd, a former West Virginia Democrat and Congress' unofficial Constitutional scholar, believed that American primary, secondary and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd proposed an amendment that was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in an attempt to increase students' knowledge about the Constitution.

The legislation requires that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of each year. This date was chosen due to the fact that on September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American public. (PL 108-447, "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005," Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Sec.111).

Constitution Day also serves as a reminder to participate in the political process by exercising our right to vote. For more on the United States Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html.

United States Constitution Day was held on September 16th 2016. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. "Bill" Waller Jr. served as keynote speaker during Mississippi State's Constitution Day program. The Jackson native is a 1974 graduate of MSU, where he is a member of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development's Advisory. The event was held in the Swalm Suite at 10:30 a.m.


Wide shot of presentation about to begin at Swalm

Wide shot in Swalm of presentation beginning with students, faculty, and staff watching.

Presentation ongoing in Swalm with audience watching.

Presentation ongoing in Swalm with audience watching.

Close up of slide showing diagram of various Mississippi courts.

Speaker interacting with audience.

Final shot of speaker communicating with guest in the audience.