Goodbye, Welcome Weekend! KSU Kickoff to Start This Fall

KSU Kickoff is the new name of what was formerly known as Welcome Weekend. With the fall semester beginning on Thursday, Aug. 23, the three-day welcome event no longer falls on the weekend before classes.

Kent State University’s Office of Student Success Programs reconsidered its welcome plans for new students starting this fall and compiled students’ suggestions for a new program name that excluded “weekend” from its title. Student Success Programs then released a 24-hour Twitter poll in January. After the 1,172 votes poured in, KSU Kickoff was selected as the new name of Kent State’s annual welcome event.

The schedule of events will remain similar to previous years, with Monday, Aug. 20, serving as the academic day for new students to attend the Dean’s Welcome, Convocation, First-Year Experience and the Common Reading Experience discussion. The three-day event will end Wednesday, Aug. 22, with one of Kent State’s favorite traditions, Blastoff! Students can also look forward to some new additions and enhancements to be released later this summer.

Please discontinue the use of Welcome Weekend as this transition occurs because new students will be inquiring about KSU Kickoff. You are encouraged to visit the new KSU Kickoff webpage for any need-to-know information. The KSU Kickoff schedule of events for 2018 will be available on July 2.

If your office or department has hosted scheduled events in the past, you should have received an email with registration information and details. If you have not participated but would like to learn more about this opportunity, you are welcome to contact Josh Perkins at or Angelique Cunningham at

POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2018 01:40 PM
UPDATED: Saturday, December 03, 2022 01:02 AM