The annual candlelight walk will take place on Sunday evening beginning at 11 p.m. Please gather on the commons starting at 10:30 pm and dress for the weather. The hour-long walk will start on the commons next to the victory bell and will follow a route around the campus ending in the Prentice Hall parking lot at midnight.
May 4, 50th Commemoration
50th Commemoration of May 4
The annual May 4 Commemoration provides an opportunity for all to remember and honor the tragic events of May 4, 1970 that occurred on the Kent State University campus. It was on that day that members of the Ohio national guard opened fire on students protesting the Vietnam war killing four students and wounding nine others. The upcoming 50th May 4 commemoration in 2020 represents a significant and historic milestone not only for the university but for the country as well. Beginning in the fall of 2019 and continuing through May 4, 2020, Kent State University will honor the 50th commemoration with a year-long observance of educational programs and events in addition to the traditional commemoration activities.
Beginning in the fall of 2019 and continuing through May 4, 2020, Kent State University will observe the 50th commemoration of the tragic events that occurred on May 4, 1970. The impact of those events continues to affect and influence generations.