Events | Parents & Families | Kent State University


See what’s going on. There are always multiple events and activities on campus to choose from including Kent State Welcome Weekend, a weekend packed full of fun activities and events in August.

Each year, we invite family members to share the Kent State experience by joining your student for Parents Day. This is your opportunity to interact with faculty and staff. We invite you to attend special events and activities including receptions, campus tours and a tailgate party followed by a football game in the fall.

Oh, and don't forget, Lil’ Sibs Weekend hosted by Kent Interhall Council (KIC) is in the spring.

View the Kent State Calendar First Year Families Newsletter

KSU Athletics

Show your Kent State spirit at our various athletic events! Tickets are available online, you can order your tickets through Athletic Services.


Registration is now closed for the activities of PFW of 2018



Location: Kent Student Center
Check-in- 5:00pm- 6:00pm
Panel Discussion: "Supporting the holistic well-being of your student"- 6:00pm- 7:00pm
​​​Location: Kent Student Center 306 A&B Check-in
Join us for an informative discussion from our panel of university professionals on the subject of “self care" and support. You will learn about the trends, resources and wellness programs available for your student.
Break!- 7:00pm-7:30pm
Get ready for an evening of fun!
7:30pm- 9:00pm - Option 1 & 2 Activities
Option 1 Activity: BINGO (SOLD OUT!)
Food, prizes and FUN! Come unwind with us in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and for an evening of BINGO!!
Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) aerobic studio
Option 2 Activity: Paint & Sip-Spirit of KSU night (SOLD OUT!)
Join us for a fun and creative evening of fun! Lead by KSU alum Althea Jones ’05.  Althea will help you to channel your inner artist and  create a portrait of Golden Flash  spirit!


Legacy Brunch- 9:30am–11:00pm
Legacy families are a special part of the Kent State tradition. Legacy students are those who have a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt who graduated from Kent State University. In celebration of this special relationship, legacy students and their families are invited to join the Kent State University Alumni Association for a reception at the Kent State Student Center, room 306.
Pancake BRUNCH- 11:00am–1:00pm
Location: Dix Stadium
Come and start your day with us at DIX stadium to kick off your day with us with food and fun! A delicious brunch will be served by some of our Kent State administrators. Enjoy a time to meet and mingle with administrators and other members of the Golden Flash Family!
Athletics Visit- 1:00pm–1:30pm
Location: Dix Stadium
Prizes, cheerleaders and the KSU football team keep the day going with spirit and pride!     
Community Fair- 1:30pm–3:00pm
Location: Dix Stadium
Want to learn more about the city businesses and resources? Had a question for one of our departments on campus? Come check out the “community and university fair”. Giveaways, resources and opportunity for some great connections!   
Kickoff begins at 3:30pm!
Tickets for the game are available through Athletics

While our registration for activities have closed please see below for a list of other events on campus and in the surrounding community:

  • Run the World 5k

Sign-Up Today!

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 8:30 am

Start and Finish in Risman Plaza

  • Art in the Park

Fred Fuller Park located on Middlebury Road

Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More Information >

  • International Festival

  • The Black Squirrel Festival

Risman Plaza 

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

More Information >

  • Tom Grace book signing

Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties (Copies available at the University Bookstore)

Visitors Center from 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm