Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement

The Constitution of the United States

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.  (Preamble, the Constitution of the United States)

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by 39 of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Delegates from 12 states had gathered at the Convention with the purpose of revising the nation's first written charter, the Articles of Confederation. Instead, they discarded the nation's first system of government and created a new one they believed would provide the United States with a strong national government to deal with the many challenges of the Confederation. The Constitution was subsequently ratified by each of the original 13 states.

In 2004 Congress designated September 17 as a day to memorialize the Constitution.

Constitution Day at Collin College is sponsored by The Department of Political Science, in partnership with Social and Behavioral Sciences, Student Government Association, Student Life, and the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.


Constitution Day 2017
Sept. 17-18

Library book table • Pocket Constitution giveaways • 
Founding Fathers presentation and debate • Refreshments

10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18
Spring Creek Campus Atrium
Contact: Mary Barnes-Tilley,


“The Assault on Truth: What Citizens Know,
and What They Only Think They Know”
Thomas E. Patterson, professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will speak about first amendment issues and the Constitution. Patterson is the author of six books and dozens of articles which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, “Out of Order,” received national attention when President Bill Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. Another book, “The Unseeing Eye,” was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion. His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies.

6-7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 18
Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
Contact: Mary Barnes-Tilley,


Join the political science faculty for discussions
centering on “Issues with the Constitution.”
Refreshments and Pocket Constitutions will be available.

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19
Central Park Campus Conference Center
Contact: Tyler Young,


“An Epic Journey into Democracy”

The political science faculty will be your guides for a journey to understand America’s constitutional system. Join them by participating in activities geared toward understanding each of the three branches of government and public policy. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge, learn fun constitutional facts and win prizes! Refreshments and Pocket Constitutions will be available to all participants.

1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19
Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
Contact: Jessica Hargis,

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