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Sunday, September 30th, 3:00 pm

The Kent State Student Homecoming Committee (SHC) will take part in the Ceremonial Painting of the K. SHC members will paint the K blue in Risman Plaza to showcase their KSU pride and signify the start of Homecoming Week.

Friday, October 05th, 5:00 pm

Begin your Homecoming weekend by joining the Women's Center for an evening of community and celebration. Reconnect with friends and colleagues and share your stories and Kent State experiences. Help us create a timeline of significant contributions women have made through out Kent State history. Please bring your photos, memories, t-shirts and any other memorabilia that helps share the story of women at Kent State over the decades.

Friday, October 05th, 5:30 pm

The Kent State University Alumni Association invites you to join your fellow classmates for a weekend of memories, reminiscing and friendship during Homecoming 2018!  Friday, October 5 Parking is available in the White Hall parking lot.   5:30 p.m. Moulton Hall, Ballroom, 1st Floor Check-in and cocktail reception   6 p.m. Class of 1968 reunion dinner   7:15 p.m. Golden Order induction and the singing of the alma mater   8 p.m. 1968 class photo   9 p.m. Evening concludes   Dress is business casual for reunion dinner.  Saturday, October 6 Homecoming events are optional. Exclusive parking for the Class of 1968 will be at the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. Golf cart shuttles will be available to take alumni to the Hospitality Tent.   8:30 a.m.

Friday, October 05th, 6:00 pm

We invite international alumni to kick-off Homecoming Weekend by joining us at a special preevent reception of the Fourth Annual International Homecoming Celebration! This will be an exclusive opportunity for international alumni to reconnect while enjoying light appetizers and a cash bar before the big event begins. The pre-event reception will take place at the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony from 6 - 7 p.m. Following the pre-event reception, enjoy the Fourth Annual International Homecoming Celebration with fellow alumni and the Kent State community! This annual event is a unique opportunity to experience Homecoming with a global twist as our current international students showcase their home countries, cultures and culinary. International Homecoming Celebration typically attracts more than 1,000 guests and is open to all current students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Friday, October 05th, 6:30 pm

The Alumni Awards recognize and honor alumni who, through leadership, character and hard work, have made exceptional contributions in their profession, communities and at Kent State. These awards are the university's most prestigious honors given to alumni. Join the Kent State University Alumni Association in celebrating the achievements of the University's most outstanding alumni at the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center. Cocktail Hour at 6:30 p.m. with Dinner and Awards Program at 7:30 p.m. COST: Reservations are $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Cost includes dinner, beer and wine. RSVP by selecting the link below by Sept. 20

Saturday, October 06th, 8:00 am

Join us for the 18th Annual Bowman Cup 5K Race on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. The race, named after fedora-loving former Kent State University President Dr. George Bowman, will begin at 8 a.m. Learn more about the Bowman Cup 5K Learn More About Homecoming 2018           View Homecoming 2018 Events

Saturday, October 06th, 8:00 am

The University Bands Alumni Chapter and the Kent State University Bands cordially invite you to participate in what is sure to be a very exciting day as we celebrate Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct.6. Homecoming events include: al a carte participation in either drill, parade, stands, or all three!; Homecoming Parade performance; lunch with the other band alumni and the current MGF senior class; performing in the stands during the game; halftime performance - the ‘FLOATING K’ is back!! Alumni will have an opportunity to form the ‘Floating K’ once again on the field, but we need at least 50 alumni to form the K! If we do NOT meet the minimum of 50 alumni then the Floating K may be canceled.

Saturday, October 06th, 9:00 am

View a selection of Homecoming materials through the years from Special Collections and Archives.

Saturday, October 06th, 9:00 am

Alumni are invited to a complimentary continental breakfast at the Rock on front campus beginning at 9 a.m. It's an excellent place for the parade viewing as well. The parade features floats, Kent State and local high school marching bands, university colleges and departments, Kent State cheerleaders and athletes, community organizations, local officials and more! Alumni Parade Viewing: the Rock, front campus Route: Beginning at Midway Dr., the parade will head down East Main St. and end at Franklin Ave. Parade Time: 10 a.m. Parade Grand Marshal: TBA

Saturday, October 06th, 10:00 am

The Kent State University Museum will be free and open to the public in honor of the 100th anniversary of homecoming! Students, alumni and their families are welcome to tour our current exhibits on display: "Fashion Meets the Body;" "Beyond the Suit: Contemporary Menswear from the Collection of Alexandre Marr and Dominic Iudiciani;" "For the Birds"; "Glass: Selections from the KSU Museum;" and "Fashion Timeline."

Saturday, October 06th, 11:00 am

Continue your Homecoming celebration after the parade at an alumni party at the Center for Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement. The Welcome Home Party is free and fun for all ages with festive food, activities and KSU giveaways!

Saturday, October 06th, 11:00 am

Stop by our nationally ranked Fashion School and enjoy a tour of the building with exclusive access to our TechStyleLAB, Knit Lab and more! Light refreshments will be served. Join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rockwell Hall Atrium.

Saturday, October 06th, 11:00 am

Enjoy a tour of our simulation lab, as well as cookies and cider with Dean Barbara Broome.

Saturday, October 06th, 11:30 am

Take a ride on Lolly the Trolley! This narrated campus tour allows you to hop on and off at your leisure. Look for Lolly the Trolley at various stops around campus. The trolley tour is available from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Homecoming day. Wait at the designated stops to board Lolly the Trolley that will arrive approximately every 20 minutes. Check back to see where the trolley will stop around campus!

Saturday, October 06th, 12:00 pm

Did Kent State play an important role in your relationship? If so, make sure you and your sweetie are a part of this special Homecoming tradition. Celebrate your relationship by joining other couples to Kiss on the K! All couples will kiss on the K at Risman Plaza when the bell rings at 12:30 p.m. A special performance by the Kent Clarks and activities will begin at noon. If you would like to nominate or be nominated as an honorary couple, please visit

Saturday, October 06th, 12:00 pm

Students and alumni are welcome to enjoy celebrating before KSU's Homecoming game and the 50th anniversary of Tri-Towers! Celebrate with us!

Saturday, October 06th, 12:00 pm

The Honors College invites you to join your fellow Honors College alumni for a special Open House with the Dean. Meet with Dean Alison Smith and enjoy coffee and light refreshments, while connecting with other alumni, along with the Honors College advisory board and staff. The Honors College will provide updates regarding new programming for the academic year, along with Honors College events and activities. Open House with the Dean is free and open to the public. Kent State Honors alumni, along with prospective Honors College students are encouraged to attend this event.

Saturday, October 06th, 12:00 pm

Everyone is invited to tour the recently completed Center for the Visual Arts during Homecoming on Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. All the facilities will be open, including art studios, art education classrooms and art history lecture halls. Art demonstrations will take place in various studios around the building and artwork will be on display throughout.  Visitors may choose guided or self-guided tours. Additionally, student groups will be selling their wares and ARTshop, our student-run retail shop, will be open.  Come see what the School of Art has to offer! Free and open to the public.  Alumni and prospective students encouraged to attend. 

Saturday, October 06th, 12:00 pm

Kent State University celebrates the spirited tradition of Homecoming each year with classic events such as the Bowman Cup 5K Race, Kiss on the K, Homecoming Parade and football game. SAVE THE DATE! Homecoming for the 2018-19 academic year is October 6, 2018.

Saturday, October 06th, 1:30 pm

Before you head into the game enjoy a pregame party under the big tent outside of Dix Stadium featuring food, fun and a celebration of our Golden Flashes! Enjoy food stations, cash bar, giveaways, spirit station, Flash and a DJ. An RSVP is required for the tailgate. Location: Tent Outside Adam S. Hamilton West Entrance at Dix Stadium. Price: $20 per person - tailgate and general admission ticket to the football game (a $30 value) or $10 per person for tailgate only.