Virtual Candlelight Vigil

Each year on May 4, Kent State University observes several important and meaningful events to remember and honor the students killed and wounded on May 4, 1970. One important aspect of the May 4 anniversary activities is the annual candlelight walk and vigil.

This commemorative event first occurred in 1971 and has become a cornerstone of the commemoration. For the 50th Commemoration, we will observe and honor the traditions of the candlelight walk and vigil virtually, and we need your help in spreading the word online around the world through social media.

Please remember: In the tradition of the annual silent march and vigil, we are asking you to post photos of candles only. 

Participation in our virtual candlelight vigil consists of three simple steps:

1. POST - Between now and Monday, May 4, 2020, post a photo of a lit candle, or of you holding a lit candle, to either your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account. If you can't take a photo, feel free to use the image supplied on the right side of this page. (Right click and "Save Image" to your computer).

2. TAG - Be sure to tag your post with #KentStateMay4.

3. SHARE - After you upload your photo, share your post and encourage your family and friends to participate.