Wellesley College Celebrates Constitution Day Sept. 20

For immediate release:
September 12, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. --This past May, a federal law was passed that requires all colleges and universities receiving federal funding to observe Constitution Day on or about Sept. 17, the day the Constitution was signed. The bill was sponsored by Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia), to raise awareness of and focus attention on the Constitution.

In observance of Constitution Day, Wellesley College's Clapp Library and its student-run Committee for Political and Legislative Action (CPLA) will sponsor several events, including a reading of the U.S. Constitution on the library’s front steps Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4:30 pm. (Rain date: Sept. 21 at 12:30 pm.) Readers will come from all Wellesley constituencies: senior staff, faculty, administrative staff, union and students. Invited guests include Town of Wellesley Selectman Owen Dugan, Alexis LeBlanc, legislative aide to Massachusetts Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, and Wellesley alumna. CPLA members will distribute pocket-size Constitutions at the event.

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 12:30-2:15 pm, come and print a commemorative copy of the Preamble to the Constitution on the letterpress printer in the Book Arts Lab. You can also peruse the Constitution and a book display in Clapp Library, on the second floor, through the month of September.

Posted on the college’s e-mail system, “there will be a Web Site of the Day all during Constitution Week, beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, and a trivia question of the day, with prizes for students," said Betty Febo, Wellesley College government documents coordinator. For more information, call 781-283-3426.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.