Atherton Mayor Speaks on Constitution Day

“Kathy McKeithen, Mayor of Atherton will speak at our Constitution Day celebration and voter registration tables will be set up for the two major political parties. It is a banner year for Constitution Day at Menlo College,” exclaimed Anne-Heaton-Dunlap, Director of Financial Aid.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

The celebration beings with a barbecue 11:30am, followed by a program at 12:15pm in the Menlo College Quad. All students, including day students, are invited to attend.

Melissa Michelson, Professor of Political Science and organizer of the event said, “As the resident political scientist, I am delighted that the mayor of Atherton will be coming to speak at Menlo College. The Constitution Day event will encourage our students to take an interest in state and local politics, to register, and to vote in November.”

In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of a law that would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. The law specifies that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day.