Most Americans know that July is our nation's birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.
The ideas on which America was founded - commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice - are embodied in the Constitution, the oldest written constitution of any nation on Earth. Constitution Day is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but the ideas that make us Americans.
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia accomplished a long-standing goal, passing a law designating September 17th as Constitution Day. Schools and federal agencies are required to hold educational programs on the Consitution on Constitution Day.
For more information about the Constitution of the United States, click on the link below.
The U.S. Constitution
To read the Constitution of the UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association, please click on the link below.
The UAB Undergraduate Student Government Association Constitution