City of Kent

Prairie Burn 2024

The annual prairie burn on the university property near the Recreation and Wellness Center renews healthy plant growth and saves Kent State money in maintenance costs.


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Kent State mascot Flash wearing eclipse viewing glasses

Where will you be viewing the total solar eclipse, Golden Flashes?  Kent State has a complete schedule of eclipse-themed events and activities. 

Update Recycle Eclipse Glasses

After the eclipse, Flashes can do their part to promote sustainability  by recycling their eclipse glasses for use by viewers of future eclipses around the world. 

Rainbow Unicorn running along Kent's Main Street Rainbow Bridge

Downtown Kent is colored with pride, recognizing National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 and preparing for Kent's Rainbow Weekend, Oct. 13-14. 

Ken Ditlevson and others decorating the Main Street Bridge for Rainbow Weekend

Students coming to Kent State and, for some of them, living away from home for the first time can struggle with the transition. The transition can even be more difficult for LGBTQ+ students, particularly for those who have recently "come out." Ken Ditlevson, director of Kent State's LGBTQ+ Center, talks about the many resources available at Kent to support them.

Volunteers decorating the Rainbow Main Street Bridge

Kent State and the city of Kent encourage people to attend any of the LGBTQ+ events on campus and downtown this week. 

Hundreds of locks fastened to Kent's Main Street Bridge

Kent's Main Street Bridge has been accumulating expressions of love for nearly a decade. 

Scene of students enjoying a past Black Squirrel Festival

The Black Squirrel Festival returns to Risman Plaza and the Student Green on Friday, Sept. 29, from 4-7 p.m.

Students discovering downtown Kent.

The first "Flashes First Thursday" welcomes students to experience the shopping, dining, music and more that make downtown Kent a fun place to visit.

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Adults and children enjoying the Kent Skates ice rink.

Flashes can enjoy a number of fun, winter activities in January and February.