Whereas on September 17, 1787, delegates of the United States to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution and sent it to the states for ratification;
Whereas the states, in the collective wisdom of their citizens, insisted on appending a Bill of Rights to the Constitution;
Whereas the U.S. Congress in 1952 designated September 17 as Citizenship Day, in commemoration of the signing of the Constitution;
Whereas in 2004 the Congress passed a law that colleges and universities should hold educational programs pertaining to the Constitution on or near September 17;
Whereas we live under the world’s longest-lived written Constitution, in a republic that best meets its ideals when knowledge of and participation in politics is widely held and commonplace;
Therefore Alaska Pacific University joins Americans everywhere in this recognition of our Constitution and to remember our shared political heritage, to boldly meet our present challenges, and to contemplate the course of our common future.