Parents and Families Weekend

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The Kent State University campus is a student's home away from home, and each year we invite family members to make it theirs as part of Parents and Families Weekend.

Share the KSU experience as you spend time connecting with your student, interacting with faculty and staff, and experiencing what makes being a Golden Flash so special.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 330-672-4050 or email us at if you have any questions regarding the event.

Kent Student Center
Room 250


Golden Flash Football & Pregame Meal

Watch your Kent State Golden Flashes take on Howard University. Saturday, September 9, Kickoff at 12:00PM

Pre-game meal in the Field House adjacent to Dix Stadium. Saturday, September 9, time TBD

Free shuttles will be available from the Student Center to the Field House


Taste of Home Contest Winner

Eastway Center, September 8 from 4:30pm – 9:00pm

Enjoy the winning recipe from this year's Tast of Home Contest during dinner.  


La Familia Experience (The Family Experience)

Friday, September8 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Kent Student Center room 206 (Student Multicultural Center)

Parents and families come to the Student Multicultural Center to connect with multicultural faculty, staff and families, acquire tips to help your student navigate the cultural transition into college, while listening to music and enjoying light hors d’oeurves. Registration is required to attend this event. Please register using the link below.

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Real Late Reels: Beauty and the Beast

Free Admission. Friday, September 8, 7:45PM Outdoor movie on the Student Green. Free blanket and popcorn for the first 100 families members with a Parents and Families Association membership card.
Rain back-up: Friday, September 8, 7:45PM in the KIVA


Student Recreation and Wellness Center Open House

Saturday, September 9, 8:00AM - 9:00PM

Free Admission. Check out all the Student Recreation and Wellness Center has to offer! Parents and families are invited to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility, including a four court sports arena, indoor track and large natatorium. Family and friends will be admitted free of charge all day.


University Library - Risman Drive

Saturday, September 9, 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Explore the Kent State University Library – offering much more than books and a place to study. Come to the tallest building on campus, located adjacent to the Student Center on Risman Plaza, and meet Rockwell “Rocky” K. Squirrel, the official spokes-squirrel of the University Libraries, watch a technology demo of our 3D printer or relax with the calming therapy dogs. Enjoy delicious donuts and sip coffee and cider while you take a 15-minute tour to experience the strategic features of the Library that contribute to student success.  


KSU Fashion Museum

Saturday, September 9, 10:00AM - 4:45PM in Rockwell Hall

Free Admission. The KSU Fashion Museum will open its doors to parents and family members.


First in the Family to Go to College!

Saturday, September 9, 12:00 - 2:00PM in the Center for Undergraduate Excellence room 111

This reception will provide an opportunity for parents of First Generation Students to learn about the offerings of Student Support Services within University College. Additionally, parents and students will have an opportunity to engage amongst families that share the First Generation experience.


May 4th Visitor Center

Saturday, September 9, 12:00PM - 5:00PM

Free Admission. Tours will be given of the center and iPods will be made availabe to check out for a self-guided tour.

We will also be partnering with the bookstore to host a book signing in the center. Thomas Grace, one of the wounded students from May 4, 1970, recently wrote a book chronicling the shootings and the activism that was strong at here at Kent State University in the 1960s and 1970s.


Inflatables, Cornhole, and Sno Cones

Saturday, September 9, 2016  from 12:00 - 3:00PM at Centennial Fields

Bring the family to enjoy outdoor activities with Kent Interhall Council


Black Squirrel Festival

Friday, September 9 from 12:00 - 5:00PM

The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community.


Kent's 24th Annual Art in the Park Festival

Saturday, September 9, from 10:00AM - 6:00PM

Don’t miss out this year! This festival is located in one of Kent’s most beautiful parks, Fred Fuller Park located right on Middlebury Rd. Minutes from downtown Kent, spend a day here and visit all the new happenings around town. This event has something for everyone, talented artists, gourmet foods, live music on 2 stages, children’s art area, a youth artist tent, Sylvia Coogan Scholarship silent auction, demonstrations throughout the 2 days, friendly staff and free admission and free parking.

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