First Amendment

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

-- From the Bill of Rights

The Constitution of the United States—Four pages that created a new government more than 200 years ago—A covenant that continues to shape profoundly the lives of each one of us to this day.

Constitution Day

On Constitution Day, September 17, the United States pauses to commemorate the drafting of its Constitution. We invite all members of the University community to join us in making, or renewing, your acquaintance with this extraordinary document, and reflecting on its historical and contemporary significance. To learn more, visit