Constitution Day | Kent State University

Constitution Day

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men on Sept. 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the United States or, by naturalization, have become citizens. 

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016
Kent State University at Stark


Singing of National Anthem
12 p.m.
Flagpole Circle
University Chorus, Kent State Stark Chorale, Steven Beck (Trumpet Obligato) and Professor Laurel Seeds

Presentation: King Obama or a Do-Nothing Congress? Assessing the Impact of the Supreme Court's 4-4 Split over Immigration
2 p.m.
101 Science & Nursing
Presented by Dr. Andrew Povtak, professor of Constitutional Law
Refreshments and pocket Constitutions provided.

In US v. Texas, numerous states filed suit against President Obama challenging the constitutionality of executive programs intended to aid undocumented immigrants in the US. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the regulations. The US Supreme Court split 4-4 on the issue, which effectively upheld the ruling. This talk will look at the legal issues in the case, and will analyze the impact of an evenly-divided court on the ruling. 


Dr. Joel Carbonell
Associate Professor
Political Science
429 Main Hall