Commemorations | Kent State University


May 4, 2015

The Kent State University May 4 Visitors Center kicks off the 45th Annual May 4 Commemoration by hosting a multimedia presentation by Lauren Onkey, Ph.D., vice president of education and public programs for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, on March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva.

May 4, 2014

Kent State University held its 44th annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events that took place May 3 and 4. The annual commemoration, hosted by the May 4 Task Force, provided an opportunity for the university community to gather and remember those who were lost and injured during the tragedy and also reflect on what May 4 means today.

May 4, 2013

Kent State University held its 43rd annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events taking place May 2-5, 2013. The annual commemoration provides an avenue for the university community to come together to remember those lost and injured during the tragedy and also to reflect on the meaning of May 4 for today.

May 4, 2012

Kent State University marked its 42nd annual May 4, 1970, commemoration on May 3 and 4. The commemoration events were an opportunity for students and the community to gather and reflect on the tragedy and adapt the lessons learned to current events.

A Kent State student stands in silent commemoration of events at Kent State on May 4, 1970.

May 4, 2011

A visitor to the Kent State campus rests on the Pagoda during the 2011 Commemoration of the May 4, 1970 shootings that left 4 students dead.

May 4 2011

May 4, 2010

As part of the university’s activities marking the 40th commemoration of the May 4, 1970, shootings, Kent State University held a dedication ceremony for the historic May 4 site’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places and the opening of the new May 4 Walking Tour, and hosted U.S. Congressman John Lewis for its 2010 Democracy Speaker Program.

May 4 2010 Candle light vigil

May 4, 2009

Mary Vecchio, subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by Kent State University student John Filo on May 4, 1970, meets Filo during the 2009 May 4 commemoration. (Photo courtesy of Kent State University)

May 4 2009 Mary Vecchio and John Filo

May 4, 2007

Dr. Lester Lefton leads the candlelight walk around campus during the May 4 Commemoration in 2007.

May 4 2007 Vigil

May 4 2004

Members of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority hold vigil at the spot where Sandra Scheuer was shot on May 4, 1970, on the campus of Kent State University. Scheuer was a member of the sorority. The sisters were commemorating the event on May 4, 2004. (Photo courtesy of Kent State University)

Alpha Xi Delta sorority vigil

May 4, 2000

During the 30th commemoration of May 4, 1970, RoseMarie and Noel Egensperger of Cleveland participate in an early morning vigil together at the place where William Schroeder was killed by the Ohio National Guard during anti-Vietnam War protests on the Kent State University campus. (Photo courtesy of Kent State University)

May 4, 1997

Crosby, Stills & Nash perform "Ohio," the song written by Neil Young about the shootings at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. The 27th annual May 4 commemoration was the first time the song had been performed at Kent State. (Photo courtesy of Kent State University) May 4, 1997 - Crosby Stills & Nash

May 4, 1996

The candlelight vigil walk through campus is an annual part of the commemoration activities. (Photo courtesy of Kent State University) May 4 1996 Candle vigil walk

May 4, 1995

A view of the May 4 Memorial at Kent State University taken from the roof of Taylor Hall. (Photo courtesy of Kent State University)

May 4 1995 Memorial

Craig Blazinski, Papers, 1977-1980 Commemorations (Special Collections)

Mr. Craig Blazinski donated his papers to the Kent State University Archives on April 26, 1980.

As a Kent State student, Mr. Blazinski has been prominent in May 4 activities from 1977-80. He served as Chairperson of the May 4th Task Force for two consecutive years (1977-78) and represented the Task Force on a special observance committee that KSU President Brage Golding created in early 1978. Mr. Blazinski coordinated the Task Force's commemorative program of May 4, 1977, which featured, among others, Dean Kahler, Roseanne "Chic" Canfora, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, and attorney William Kunstler. Although the resignations of Mr. Blazinski and several others from the May 4th Task Force in April 1979 created a brief crisis for the organization, he continued to be active in May 4 matters and played a role in the tenth anniversary commemoration of May 1980.