September 12, 2012, Grand Rapids, MI - Attendees at Grand Rapids Community College’s Constitution Day event this year will have the opportunity to register to vote and will receive a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution.
This year’s celebration will be held on Tuesday, September 18 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall ATC Auditorium. The event is open to the public and will consist of a panel discussion, featuring the following GRCC Political Science professors: Heather Forrest, Gordan Vurusic, Kieth St. Clair, and Dr. Yan Bai.
“This is a great opportunity for our students, and the community, to celebrate the importance – and meaning — of one of the most important documents in our history,” said Mike Light, American history professor and head of GRCC’s social sciences department.
Constitution Day commemorates annually the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. The late Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-West Virginia) introduced the Constitution Day law in 2004, due to his concern that “people don't understand, value, nor celebrate the constitution.” Since then, any institution that receives federal dollars commemorates “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” on September 17 of each year.
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.