Duke Commemorates U.S. Constitution Day

graphic of the U.S. Constitution

“At critical junctures in our history, we have even updated and revised the Constitution to ensure that 'We the People' have the tools and protections necessary to sustain democracy.  Days like today remind us that although our union is not yet perfect, and although our work to be a truly inclusive democracy is ongoing, institutions like Duke that are committed to empowering global citizens through education are vital to our advancement toward those goals.”

To mark the occasion, the Duke Chapel carillon will perform patriotic songs, including "My Country Tis of Thee" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing," during the daily 5 p.m. concert. The carillon bells can be heard on West Campus and also online on the Duke Chapel Facebook page.

Constitution Day also arrives just prior to the important municipal election season, which for the first time will include voter identification at the election polls. Duke students may now request a special Duke Student Voter ID, a physical card that meets state requirements as a valid form for voting in the state in 2023 and 2024 elections. To request a card, visit the Duke Votes website.

In Durham, the 2023 Municipal Primary will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 10, with early voting beginning Sept. 21.

The 2023 Municipal General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Early voting for general elections begins Oct. 19.