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Constitution Day commemorated

The Constitution of the United States was signed by 42 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia 222 years ago. Junior Jazmin Barragan, a Spanish major, was one of many students, faculty and staff members who volunteered to read parts of the national contract on Sept. 17, the anniversary of that signing. / photo by Cindy Harder

The Constitution of the United States was signed by 42 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia 222 years ago. Junior Jazmin Barragan, a Spanish major, was one of many students, faculty and staff members who volunteered to read parts of the national contract on Sept. 17, the anniversary of that signing. / photo by Cindy Harder

Yessenia Romo
Staff Writer

Students, faculty and staff came together on Sept. 17 to celebrate Constitution Day at the University of La Verne.

The event included three readings of the Constitution in Sneaky Park with 30 participants.

“The idea is to spread out the obligation and have others participate,” said Felicia Beardsley, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who coordinated the event with Zandra Wagoner, assistant dean of the college.

The event marked the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

Some readers volunteered in advance to participate in the event, while others learned of it as they were passing by Sneaky Park.

The University is required to honor Constitution Day in some way in order to maintain federal financial aid.

“It’s a way of being informed of what the Constitution says and how it benefits our everyday lives,” junior Jazmin Barragan said.

This year’s Constitution readings mark the second time the readings have been done on campus.

The organizers hope that the readings remind people of the importance of the Constitution.

“A lot of people need to be reminded of what is in the Constitution,” freshman Alyssa Contreras said.

Although the readers had a small audience this year, the number grew from last year and organizers hope that this will be a continuing pattern.

The event featured a display of a copy of the original Constitution.

A total of three readings took about an hour each and had an average of seven readers.

Those who attended the Constitution readings received a pocket book with the Constitution and other important United States documents.

Yessenia Romo can be reached at yessenia.romo@laverne.edu.

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