Downstate Marks National Constitution and Citizenship Day

By Office of the President | Sep 26, 2022

We the people

National Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the September 17, 1787, signing of the US Constitution. It is also a day to recognize those born in the United States or who have become naturalized citizens. As part of celebrating this day, 38,000 new citizens were sworn in nationwide. 

Every educational institution receiving Federal funds must hold an educational program about the US Constitution for its students on Constitution Day. At Downstate, we marked the day with a quiz sponsored by our Student Center.

This year, 38 students responded, with College of Medicine students Jonathan Colarusso and Stella Tang receiving gift cards for their winning entries.

The Constitution defines the structure of our federal government and has been called the most remarkable political charter in history. It opens with some of the most famous words in American history: “We the People of the United States….”

National Constitution and Citizenship Day is an appropriate time to reaffirm our commitment to American democracy and its cornerstones – the right of every citizen to vote, to adhere to the rule of law, and to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of everyone in this country. Downstate’s College of Medicine proudly boasts students representing 33 countries as of fall 2021.

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