Constitution and Citizenship Day 2020

DATE & TIME: September 17
Each year, Marymount Manhattan College celebrates Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. The day recognizes citizens born in the U.S. and those who became citizens by naturalization.


In December 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia offered legislation—passed by Congress and signed into law by the president—that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. The law was designed to increase students’ knowledge about the Constitution. Join us as we celebrate Constitution Day across the College community:

Thomas J. Shanahan Library
  • #BLM Poster Series: An ongoing exhibit organized by Student Development and Activities. Visit the Library’s lower level for a look at Black Lives Matter posters and have the opportunity for viewer participation and feedback. More information on MMC Engage, the College’s mobile app.
  • Constitutional Book Display and Video Loop: Visit the upper level of the library to browse and check out books on a variety of Constitutional matters and to see our silent video loop combining a short history of the framing of the Constitution with quotes from diverse figures in U.S. history.
The Department of Politics and Human Rights - September 17, 6:00 PM
  • A Discussion on Youth Incarceration: Gina Womack and Jasmine Valentin
  • Screening of Ava Duvernay’s award-winning documentary, ’13th’

Bio: Jasmine Valentin is a formerly incarcerated, Marymount Manhattan Alumni of the Bedford Hills Program, tax professional and entrepreneur. In May 0f 2020 she earned her B.A in Sociology and is employed as a Paralegal. Currently, she is pursuing a second degree in Accounting and has successfully incorporated a commercial cleaning business and is in the process of incorporating a second business in tax preparation. Jasmine is spearheading the formation of the MMC’s Bedford Hills Club Advisory Board.

Please reach out to PHR chair Erin O’Connor, Ph.D. for more information at

The Department of Theatre Arts - Sept. 17, 2:00-3:30pm
  • The Constitution Project Showcase: Students from the Theatre Arts Department will share both live and recorded theatrical work created this past summer as part of The Constitution Project. The included pieces were created in response to and in relationship to the Constitution of the United States and are striking reflections of the country we are living in this very moment. This event will be moderated by Brad Herling, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, and Kenny Finkle, MFA, Assistant Professor Theatre Arts. Click here for the Zoom link.