On September 17th, 1787, the last delegate to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution of the United States of America, which began the process of state ratification. The following fall saw the ninth state ratify it and it became our government document in March of 1789. 215 years later the United States of America enacted a law to recognize the importance of our Constitution through the implementation of a national day of recognition, to be held on the 17th of September each year. What used to be known as 'Citizenship Day' is now known as 'Constitution Day', in honor of this document and the national values it embodies.
We at Bakersfield College are proud to support the values and traditions of our nation on this day, and the other 360-odd days of each year. We are a two-year college that provides service to the community in many ways: from the 'traditional' mandate of providing low-cost, lower-division college courses for transfer students to providing technical and vocational training for the community, and many other services in between and beyond.
On Constitution Day we make an especial effort to highlight the rights, privileges and values that our Constitution bestows upon all citizens of these United States. Good citizenship is more than just knowing what right an individual has when they wish to exercise it. It involves knowing what rights your neighbors have and allowing them to exercise said right as well. It involves constant effort to maintain a society that respects our rights, that allows us to utilize the privileges of citizenship, and that treats all persons as valued members of the human race, regardless of citizenship status, ethnicity, gender or socio-economic backgrounds.
This is a goal we at Bakersfield College pursue throughout the year. On Constitution Day we take extra pains to carry that message across. These web-pages have been designed to be a portal to many great original documents and informative sources regarding our Constitution. Please take some time to examine these pages and the artifacts on them. Take the time to become more informed about what our Constitution says, why it says it, and what it means to the modern world.
Be an active participant in your own destiny. Read. Evaluate. Question. Understand. And Act to maintain our liberties! Don't let the efforts of people in the 18th century go to waste because we are too busy to stand up for ourselves and the future. Every generation needs to actively participate if we wish this great experiment to continue and improve.