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Constitution Day

Constitution Day Scrambler Answers

1. Legislature

2. Founding Fathers

3. To Impeach

4. Civil Government

5. Regulation

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, inolve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

On May 24, 2005, the US Department of Education released a Notice of Implementation announcing that all educational institutions receiving federal funding must provide an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17th of each year. 

Cal Poly Pomona invites you to learn more about the US Constitution through this year's activities and programs. The Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs host special programs, as do the following departments: Dean of Students, Judicial Affairs, Children's Center, Foundation Housing Services, and University Housing Services.


Real or Fake Quiz:

Test your knowledge of our Constitution!

Cal Poly Pomona Celebrates September 17th

Constitution Day 2014

Fascinating Facts about the U.S. Constitution

  • The U.S. Consitution has 4,440 words.  It is the oldest and shortest written constitution of any major government in the world.
  • The word "democracy" does not appear once in the Constitution.
  • The oldest person to sign the Constitution was Benjamin Franklin (81); The youngest was Jonathan Dayton of New Jersey (26).
  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams did not sign the Constitution.
  • Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17, the anniversary of the day the framers signed the document.
  • A Supreme Court term begins the first Monday in October and runs through late June or early July.
  • William H. Taft was the only president to also serve as a Supreme Court Justice.
  • The youngest Supreme Court appointee was Joseph Story (32).  The oldest sitting justice was Oliver Wendell Holmes who served until he was 90.

A Supreme Court Case: How it Happens

  • Getting into the Court: Between 75 and 80 cases are heard of the 10,000 that are filed.  Cases to be heard are decided whether if it raises an issue regarding Constituional Law.
  • Preparing for the Hearing: Both sides present their case in written arguments.  A clerk of the court typically writes memos for the justices to review  so they can anticipate their arguments and theories behind their reasoning.
  • Inside the Courtroom:  Each party has one half hour for their oral arguments.  Justices often question lawyers as their arguemtns proceed.
  • The Decision: The justices convene in a conference room and finally cast their votes once the arguments amongst themselves are over. Dozens of revisions of an opinion are made until finally it is made public


Did you Know?

That there was a proposed amendment...

» 1893: To abolish the United States Army and Navy

» 1912: To make marriage between races illegal

» 1914: To find divorce to be illegal

» 1933: To attempt to limit personal wealth to $ 1 million

» 1936: To attempt to allow the American people to vote on whether or not the United States should go to war

» 1948: To give the right of citizens to segregate themselves from others