Simpson University Recognizes Constitution Day with Historic Visitors

REDDING, Calif.–Two Simpson University history students took an active role in promoting awareness of the supreme law of the land during annual recognition of Constitution Day on campus.

Students Paul Bigelow and Connor Rowe donned period costumes in the roles of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, both of whom signed the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Carrying an American flag with 13 stars, they toured campus from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., stopping to pose for pictures with students, staff and faculty, and handing out copies of the Constitution.

Their travels included a stop in a history class taught by Dr. Tim Orr.

“What’s so important about this document?” he asked the visitors after introducing them to the class.

“The whole fabric of the country is in this book, pretty much. All your rights, everything you do, all depends on this,” ‘Hamilton’ (Rowe) explained.

Each year, Simpson University’s History and Political Science Department sponsors an event in honor of the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution in 1787. Educational institutions that receive federal funding are required to recognize the Constitution during the week of Sept. 17 each year.

“Our goal was simply to bring campus awareness to the fundamental principles of self-government and civil liberties that the Constitution insures for all Americans, and to do it in a memorable way,” said Dr. John Ayabe, chair of the department.

Students and others were encouraged to post their photos on social media using the hashtag #SUConstitutionDay2019.

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Top photo: George Washington (Paul Bigelow), left, and Alexander Hamilton (Connor Rowe) pose with Simpson University’s provost, Dr. Dale Simmons, on Constitution Day.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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