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Wofford to observe Constitution Day with registration

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – With Constitution Day set for Saturday, Sept. 17, Wofford College will observe the event with several programs – a voter registration drive for students on Thursday, Sept. 15, and an exhibition in the Sandor Teszler Library Gallery of documents chronicling the development of the U.S. Constitution.

The exhibit, which features facsimiles of 19 milestone documents relating to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, will be open Friday, Sept. 16, through Monday, Oct. 3, during normal library hours.

The voter registration drive, sponsored by the college Public Policy Committee, will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Burwell Dining Hall on campus. Those interested in registering to vote who cannot attend the drive should contact Sean Hinton, co-chair of the committee, at hintonsj@wofford.edu.

Also, on Saturday, Sept. 17, the Preamble to the Constitution will be read at the Wofford Terriers football game against Georgia Southern in Gibbs Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Constitution Day commemorates the final meeting of the Constitutional Convention, held on Sept. 17, 1787, in which only one item of business occupied the agenda – to sign the Constitution of the United States of America.

A law passed in December 2004 requires all educational institution that receives federal funds to hold an educational program related to the U.S. Constitution to mark the anniversary. There also are planned national simultaneous readings of the Preamble both on Friday and Saturday.