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Constitution Day Celebration at RCC

Constitution Day Celebration at RCC

Tyler Miranda, a Performing Arts student, will read the Preamble to the Constitution and sing the national anthem.

DATE: September 8, 2017
CONTACT: Paul Mencher
845-574-4549
pmencher@sunyrockland.edu

Constitution Day Celebration at RCC
free and open to the public

RAMAPO – Come celebrate the 230th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution with a day of fun and learning at Rockland Community College. RCC will host a series of Constitution Day events on its main campus on Monday, September 18. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Constitution Day at RCC
Monday, September 18
10 am – 2 pm
145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901

The celebration will begin at 10 am in the Academic Quad, as State Senator David Carlucci joins Dr. Michael A. Baston, RCC President, for an opening ceremony. Performing Arts student Tyler Miranda will read the Preamble to the Constitution and sing the national anthem.

Much of the day’s activity will take place in the Ellipse in RCC’s Technology Center. Attendees will be able to participate in interactive Constitution quizzes at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm, with prizes offered to the winners.

At 11 am, RCC Criminal Justice students will hold a debate about the issues surrounding New York state’s “Raise the Age” law, which ended the practice of automatically trying 16- and 17-year-olds as adults in criminal court. And at 1 pm, Assistant Professor Beth Robinson will speak about marriage equality and her own groundbreaking legal case.

Ben Franklin will also make an appearance on campus, speaking at noon at the Black Box Theater in the Cultural Arts Center. He will explain the history of the Constitution and his key role in making it a reality.

Refreshments will be available in the Ellipse Lobby, and visitors will be able to take photos in Constitution-era clothing and pick up a free copy of the Constitution.

RCC’s Constitution Day Committee also hopes to bring the discussion into the classroom. Faculty members are being urged to modify their classroom content for the day by incorporating some aspect of civic awareness and discussion.

For more information on the day’s events, contact the Chair of the Constitution Day Committee, Irene Deutsch, at 845-574-4405 or ideutsch@sunyrockland.edu.