4th Annual Civic Festival: Community Engagement

Date and time

September 17, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

About this event

The Center for the Study of Citizenship will host the fourth annual Civic Festival and Constitution Day! This free public festival celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and civic engagement.

Through music, DJ Peter Croce uses sound to explore what it means to be a human being and a citizen in the 21st Century. The Henry Ford will bring artifacts and its curators will be there to answer questions and discuss the significance of the artifact. Students will have opportunities to learn about campus civic engagement. Faculty and students of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History will offer interactive art projects, and the League of Women Voters will be present to register new voters. Bridge Magazine is bringing their Truth Wagon and Voters Not Politicians will be there to discuss the Anti-Gerrymandering Initiative.

As a special event, the center will be hosting a U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at the festival. The ceremony will be organized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Office. The Honorable Mark Goldsmith, federal district court judge for the Eastern District, will preside at the ceremony and will swear in those new citizens. We invite you to witness this moving ceremony.

The 2018 Constitution Day and Civic Festival are a Wayne State University Sesquicentennial event.



Fountain Court
Wayne State University
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202


  • 11 a.m: Civic Festival and Constitution Day
  • 2 p.m to 3 p.m: U.S. Naturalization Ceremony

Presentations and notes


The Center for the Study of Citizenship thanks Wayne State's Division of Government and Community Affairs, as well as MGM Grand Detroit for their support. In addition, we would like to thank the USCIS and the Cass Tech JROTC for their gracious contributions to the success of the day.