Yesterday, San Diego State celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest record of its kind and has been a leading example for constitutions around the world.
In 2005, a congressional mandate was implemented requiring, “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution” as noted in Section 111b of Public Law.
In remembrance of this great achievement in American history, and in compliance to the congressional mandate, SDSU students were invited to participate in a scavenger hunt in honor of Constitution Day. Students set out to find three constitutional facts around campus, take a photo of each fact and show them to George Washington, better known as Matthew Cecil, Associated Students Vice President of University Affairs.
Cecil along with A.S. Professional Studies and Fine Arts Council representative Sean Guardian donned traditional colonial dress while passing out Constitutions in front of Hepner Hall.
As an initiative to get students to participate in the scavenger hunt, students were awarded with one hour of community service for every three facts presented. Biomedical Technology Students Association President Paul Fryling, was one of many that participated in today’s festivities.
“I was able to get volunteer hours and promote the constitution at the same time,” Fryling said.
“Celebrating Constitution Day shows the pride we have for ourcountry, while promoting the importance of the Constitution and our liberties,” Cecil said. “It’s more than just the funding. We are recognizing our Founding Fathers and raising Constitution awareness for students.”
Constitution Day resonates with Cecil and Guardian, because of the time they spent parading around campus honoring the anniversary of such a momentous day in U.S. history.