Constitution Day Celebrated at International College

The Naples campus of International College will officially observe Constitution Day this Friday (September 17, 2005) with a ceremonial bell ringing and speech delivered by 20th Judicial Circuit Judge Hugh Hayes.

Designated to be held annually on September 17, this new national observance derived from passage of the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2005.

The law, signed by President George Bush in 2004, included a Constitution Day provision authored by West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd.

The provision makes it a requirement to conduct such observances for all schools that receive any measure of federal funding.

Constitution Day commemorates September 17, 1787, when 55 delegates gathered for a final session at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.

Although the delegates convened to revise the Articles of Confederation, they had come to realize more was needed in terms of outlining fundamental citizen rights and establishing responsibilities among the newly formed branches of government.

These deliberations culminated with creation of the United States Constitution which was ultimately signed into law a year later.

"Our national Constitution is the oldest, still functioning, Constitution in the world. All these centuries later, that such a document can maintain its vitality and constantly adapt to our societal needs is a genuine testament to the visionary statesmanship of our forefathers," says International College President Terry McMahan.

"On September 17, International College is privileged to honor a seminal event which helped transform a fledgling nation of 13 member states into a global beacon of freedom recognized throughout the world today as The United States of America," adds McMahan.

International College’s September 17, 2005, Constitution Day Ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m.

Participants should assemble by the flagpole in front of the George Gaynor Building at International College’s Naples campus, 2655 Northbrook Drive (off Immokalee Road) in Naples.
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