Centennial Information

Celebrating 100 years

From Fall 2009 through Summer 2010, alumni, community members, students, faculty and staff joined together to make some noise while celebrating the university’s 100th birthday. Let’s face it, after a century of service, our alma mater has good reason to celebrate. In fact, she has at least 100 great reasons, some of which were written about in the Kent State Magazine.

  • Alumni Videos
    Watch videos of Kent State alumni as they reminisce about Kent State of the 30s, 40s and 60s.
  • Burying the Time Capsule

    It is unlikely that, 50 years from now, anyone won’t remember where the Kent State University Centennial Time Capsule was buried. That’s because more than 60 people joined in a ceremony Aug. 10, 2010 to see the capsule buried on Risman Plaza near the Kent Student Center Kiva. Using a track hoe, former Kent State President Lester A. Lefton lowered the stainless steel box, which will be unsealed in 2060, six feet into a concrete vault in the ground. Watch a video of the 2010 Time Capsule Burial or the Legend of the Lost Time Capsule.

  • Contests and Promotions
    Ranged from decorating 8" or 30" black squirrels, to trivia, to "Where Is This at Kent State" photo contests.

  • Planning Committee
    The Kent State University Centennial Celebration Planning Committee consists of the following members who come from many different areas of the university community.

  • University Archives
    As Kent State celebrated its centennial, it was important to connect back to the university's roots and understand where it is today. Check out the following resources and explore Kent State's past, present and future.