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 nearly 50 years later.

At Kent State University, we are already hard at work on the planning of this historic and solemn occasion. As project manager for this event, my goal is to make the 50th commemoration a very significant and unique experience that will touch all generations.

The commemoration in 2020 will be more than just a look back at the events of that fateful and historic day. It will be a year-long observance with a series of special programs and educational opportunities. In addition to this website, I invite you to visit our 50th Commemoration Facebook page for continued updates and information.

Kent State University has a lasting commitment to remember and honor the individuals who lost their lives or were wounded on that day in 1970. We are equally committed to inspire future generations to provide strong, positive and peaceful leadership in times of conflict and dissent.

Thank you.

Rod Flauhaus
Project Manager
50th Commemoration of May 4th
Office of the President


Rod Flauhaus
May 4th, 50th Commemoration Project Manager
Office of the President

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Eric Mansfield
Executive Director of University Media Relations
University Communications & Marketing