Marshall’s annual Constitution Celebration includes visit from Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia


Marshall University is hosting multiple events as part of its annual Constitution Celebration, including an oral arguments session by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

While attendance is free and open to the public, advance registration is requested at  Information about the session, including prohibited items, is also available at the link.

Since 2004, Marshall’s observation of Constitution Week, sponsored by the John Deaver Drinko Academy and in partnership with the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, has included a broad array of activities designed to advance civic literacy, model civil discourse and reinforce respect for the rule of law. The Constitution Celebration also helps build and maintain Marshall’s positive and lively campus culture.

“One important part of a college education involves preparing students to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship,” said Dr. Montserrat Miller, executive director of the Drinko Academy.  “During our annual U.S. Constitution Celebration, we offer non-partisan programs designed to build student appreciation for the culture of democratic self-government.  Our republican system of government –at the local, the state, and the national levels—depends on informed citizen participation.”

Some of this year’s activities include the following:

  • Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy“The Nation that Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story”Kermit Roosevelt III, University of Pennsylvania Law School7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 12, Brad D. Smith Foundation Hall
  • Open Quoits TournamentStudents, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Teams vie for WV State Quoits Championship4 p.m.- 6 p.m., Monday, Sept.18-Thursday, Sept.21.Buskirk Field
    Sign up to play at:
  • National Voter Registration Day10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.19
    Memorial Student Center Plaza
  • Dan O’Hanlon Essay Competition Awards Ceremony
    5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 25
    Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy, Old Main Room 314
  • First Amendment Forum (in collaboration with the Office of the President)7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27
    Francis Booth Experimental Theatre, Joan C. Edwards Playhouse
  • Media Quoits Challenge11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29thArea journalists, elected officials and civic leaders vs. campus teams

Media are invited to all of the events but must register with the Office of University Marketing and Communications to cover the court session.


Photo: Members of the Marshall University Fife and Drum Corps prior to 2021 Quoits Play.

Contact: Leah C. Payne, Director of Communications, 304-696-7153,

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