Welcome to Kent State University's 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970

In keeping with the commitment to honor and remember those tragic events, Kent State is hosting a virtual program to mark the historic 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970. Our special program was available starting at noon on May 4, 2020. To view this program, please click the play button on the video player below. You may also watch this video on YouTube.

Additional Virtual Commemoration Events
We invite you to explore the 50th Commemoration website for more information and special features in observance of the 50th commemoration of May 4, 1970.


  • Tributes and acknowledgments to the four students, the families, the May 4 Task Force, Jackson State, and more.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Joe Wash, posted about the 50th anniversary of the events of May 4, 1970, and shares his reflections.

  • Several well-known actors lend their voices and talents to a newly recorded version of the story of May 4, 1970.

  • New technology provides a new and immersive learning experience using visual and audio media about the events of May 4, 1970. 

  • A very special thanks to all of the former and current members of the May 4 Task Force for their commitment to never letting us forget the events May 4, 1970. View a list of May 4 Task Force chairs over the past 45 years.