Spirit & Traditions events take place during KSU Kickoff, Homecoming week and beyond. These events create and maintain traditions, bringing the entire Kent State community closer together with KSU pride.  


  • Bingo | Kent Student Center Ballroom | August 20 | 8 p.m.

  • Outdoor Movie: Avengers Infinity Wars | Student Green | August 21 | 10 p.m.

  • Blastoff | Risman Plaza | August 22 | 4:30 - 8 p.m


  • Monday, August 27
    Blue and Gold Pride and Pizza - Stop by to get some free pizza, meet the Kent State cheerleaders and take a picture with Flash.

  • Tuesday, August 28 
    DYE-Versity - Many countries and cultures make up our campus community. Celebrate that diversity and make your own tie dye shirt!

  • Wednesday, August 29 
    Grow Your Dreams - Decorate a pot with your goals for the semester, then plant your very own succulent. 

  • Thursday, August 30 
    Get the Scoop -  Have some ice cream and get the scoop on all the ways to get involved at Kent State. 

All Welcome Back Week events held on Risman Plaza from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Rain location: 2nd floor, Kent Student Center) 


  • Friday, September 7 | noon - 5 p.m.

  • The Black Squirrel Festival has been a Kent State tradition for 37 years! The event offers students a chance to learn about student organizations, explore different university departments and learn more about the Kent community. Local vendors will have everything from coupons to clothing and jewelry and of course free stuff. Many of the more than 400 student organizations will be set up at the event to recruit new members and encourage students to get involved. 

    The first 1,000 students to visit a set amount of tables will receive an official Black Squirrel Festival t-shirt.  

Rain date: September 14 


  • Fall Festival | Manchester Field | October 2 | 7 - 9 p.m.

  • Homecoming marks the coming together of current and former students, new and old traditions, all in celebration of being Golden Flashes!  Wear your blue and gold all week long and join the Homecoming conversation on social media with the hashtag #KentHC.

Rain location: 2nd Floor, Kent Student Center


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