Blastoff

Kent State University students will celebrate the start of a new school year at the university’s annual back-to-school celebration that occurs the day before fall classes begin. Blastoff will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 6-9:30 p.m. on the Student Green and Manchester Field on the Kent Campus. Blastoff serves as the culminating event of Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that helps new students transition into the university environment. At Blastoff, students have the opportunity to learn about and connect with more than 200 student organizations. Students can enjoy h...

Thousands of Kent State students work their way through Risman Plaza during Blastoff, the annual back-to-school celebration at Kent State.

Kent State University students will celebrate the start of a new school year at the university’s annual back-to-school celebration that occurs the day before fall classes begin. Blastoff will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 6-9:30 p.m. on the Student Green and Manchester Field on the Kent Campus. Blastoff serves as the culminating event of Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that helps new students transition into the university environment. At Blastoff, students have the opportunity to learn about and connect with more than 200 student organizations. Student also can enj...

Thousands of Kent State students work their way through Risman Plaza during Blastoff, the annual back-to-school celebration at Kent State.

Kent State University students celebrated the start of a new school year at Blastoff on Sunday, Aug. 30, on the Student Green. Blastoff is the university’s annual back-to-school celebration that occurs the day before fall classes begin. It serves as the culminating event of Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that helps new students transition into the university environment. Kent State student organizations and community groups were there to welcome new students and welcome back returning students to campus. Blastoff also featured hot air balloon rides, live music and a la...

Before the fall semester begins on Aug. 31, new students are invited to participate in Welcome Weekend, a four-day orientation program that will last from Aug. 27-30 and acclimate students to the Kent State University community. The event is an opportunity for students to transition into the university environment and learn about existing academic and social opportunities at Kent State. “Welcome Weekend is meant to continue the process of helping students become familiar with campus and all the resources that are available,” said Josh Perkins, Kent State’s assistant director of Student Succ...

Each August during freshman move-in day, Kent State University faculty, staff and students volunteer to assist incoming freshmen get settled into their new university accommodations. To make the experience more fun and welcoming, the Kent InterHall Council sponsors the Movers and Groovers program. Freshman move-in day took place on Thursday, Aug. 21. A host of volunteers welcomed students and parents, and assisted with heavy lifting. The Kent State president’s Cabinet also volunteered to help this year. “The Movers and Groovers program provides an opportunity for upper-division student...