Parents and Families Weekend | Kent State University

Parents and Families Weekend

The Kent State University campus is a student's home away from home, and each year we invite family members to make it theirs as part of Parents and Families Weekend.

Share the KSU experience as you spend time connecting with your student, interacting with faculty and staff, and experiencing what makes being a Golden Flash so special.

Download the Parents & Families Weekend Map

Please do not hesitate to give us a call at 330-672-4050 or email us at if you have any questions regarding the event.

Kent Student Center
Room 250


Golden Flash Football & Pregame Meal

Watch your Kent State Golden Flashes take on Howard University. Saturday, Sept. 9, Kickoff at 3:30 p.m.

Pre-game meal in the Field House adjacent to Dix Stadium. Saturday, Sept. 9, 12:30 p.m.

Free shuttles will be available from the Student Center to the Field House

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Taste of Home Dinner & Bingo

Eastway Center, September 8 from 4:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the winning recipe from this year's Tast of Home Contest during dinner and play bingo to win some great prizes! 


Real Late Reels: Beauty and the Beast

Free Admission. Free blanket and popcorn for the first 100 families members with a Parents and Families Association membership card.

  • KSC Kiva, Friday, Sept. 8, 9:00 p.m.
  • KSC Kiva, Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

Volleyball: Golden Flashes Classic

Free Admission. Watch your Golden Flashes take on Butler and College of Charleston.

  • Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC), Friday, Sept. 8, 6:00 p.m. (Butler)
  • Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC), Saturday, Sept. 9, noon (College of Charleston)

Student Recreation and Wellness Center Open House

Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Free Admission. Check out all the Student Recreation and Wellness Center has to offer! Parents and families are invited to enjoy the state-of-the-art facility, including a four court sports arena, indoor track and large natatorium. Family and friends will be admitted free of charge all day.


University Library - Risman Drive

Saturday, Sept. 9, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Explore the Kent State University Library – offering much more than books and a place to study. Come to the tallest building on campus, located adjacent to the Student Center on Risman Plaza, and meet Rockwell “Rocky” K. Squirrel, the official spokes-squirrel of the University Libraries, or relax with the calming therapy dogs. Enjoy delicious donuts and sip coffee and cider while you take a 15-minute tour to experience the strategic features of the Library that contribute to student success.  


KSU Fashion Museum

Saturday, Sept. 8-9, 10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. in Rockwell Hall

Free Admission. The KSU Fashion Museum will open its doors to parents and family members.


Free Ice Skating

Ice Arena, Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 - 2 p.m.

Free ice skating with parents and families at the KSU Ice Arena.


May 4th Visitor Center

Saturday, Sept. 9, noon - 5:00 p.m.

Free Admission. Tours will be given of the center and iPods will be made availabe to check out for a self-guided tour.

We will also be partnering with the bookstore to host a book signing in the center. Thomas Grace, one of the wounded students from May 4, 1970, recently wrote a book chronicling the shootings and the activism that was strong at here at Kent State University in the 1960s and 1970s.


Black Squirrel Festival

Friday, Sept. 8 from noon - 5:00 p.m.

The Black Squirrel Festival, which is hosted by Kent Student Center Programming, attracts more than 3,000 students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Kent community.


Kent's 24th Annual Art in the Park Festival

Fred Fuller Park, Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Don’t miss out this year! This festival is located in one of Kent’s most beautiful parks, Fred Fuller Park located right on Middlebury Rd. Minutes from downtown Kent, spend a day here and visit all the new happenings around town. This event has something for everyone, talented artists, gourmet foods, live music on 2 stages, children’s art area, a youth artist tent, Sylvia Coogan Scholarship silent auction, demonstrations throughout the 2 days, friendly staff and free admission and free parking.

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Run the World 5k

Saturday, Sept. 9, at 8:30 a.m. | Risman Plaza

The Run the World project began in 2015 as a single 5K scholarship fundraiser, with a simple mission: raise money for education abroad scholarships for Kent State students, regardless of their major.

In just two short years, the Run the World project has grown tremendously with over 500 participants for the Run the World 5K in 2016 and the addition of two more races at the Stark Campus and Kent State’s Florence Center in Italy. The Run the World Fund has been able to award over $22,000 in scholarships for students to study abroad.

The more people that sign up, the more scholarships we can give away!

On Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, the 3rd annual Run the World 5k will take place on Kent Campus and will inaugurate the Run the World Race Series, which includes a second race at the Stark Campus on April 14, 2018. This new Race Series will allow us to award even more scholarships. Students who register for the Race Series will be eligible for a $2,500 scholarship, in addition to the $1,000 scholarships they may receive from either the Kent or Stark races.

The Run the World project is a collaborative effort of colleges, regional campus and the Office of Global Education at Kent State University.

More Information on Run the World 5k


Legacy Brunch

Legacy students are those who have a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle 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 brunch on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. in room 306 of the Kent Student Center. During this brunch legacy students receive a special gift.

Legacy students are complimentary, the cost for family members and guests is $10/person.

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Women's Soccer

Dix Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 p.m.

Watch your Golden Flashes take on University of Dayton.


Field Hockey

Murphy-Mellis Field, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2 p.m.

Come watch your Golden Flashes take on Temple University.