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The Road Ahead

We intend to create a more beautiful, walkable environment that will ENERGIZE our landscape and ELEVATE our Kent Campus on a national level.

At Kent State University, we are committed to transforming lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment. 

Nathan and Liz Yokum, cofounders of Rock Mill Climbing and Rock Candy Holds, are entrepreneurs who are making it to the top of the indoor climbing industry.  

By Chris Horne / Kent State Magazine

We realize some in our community may have become concerned following media coverage of a recent graduate who posted a photo holding a rifle on our Kent Campus. Let us assure you that our campus is safe and that what you have seen in the photo was legal under Ohio law.

The State of Ohio, not Kent State University, allows the public to openly carry a deadly weapon on state property, which includes our eight-campus system and all other public campuses across Ohio.  

Take chances. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Seek your authentic self.

Those were the messages that actor Michael Keaton shared with Kent State University graduates taking part in the One University Commencement on Saturday, May 12.

Mr. Keaton, an Academy Award-nominated actor and Kent State alumnus, delivered the address at Dix Stadium before a standing room-only crowd of more than 21,000 people.

If you enjoy playing video games – you are a hobbyist.

If you enter competitions – you are a gamer.

If you like to watch others play – you are a fan.

Together, all three make up esports, one of the fastest growing industries in the world - playing games such as Counter Strike, League of Legends, Overwatch and HearthStone Heroes of Warcraft. Universities are catching on to the subculture - offering students varsity esports programs with practice facilities, tournaments and even scholarships.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has appointed Robert S. Frost of Lakewood, Ohio, to the Kent State University Board of Trustees. Mr. Frost’s appointment runs through May 16, 2026. He fills the seat of former Trustee Stephen Colecchi, whose term expired in 2017.

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration has emerged among an elite group after undergoing the rigorous process to ensure the highest standards in business education are being met. 

The Kent State University Board of Trustees adopted a 10-year facilities master plan that embarks on a $1 billion transformative journey of the Kent Campus to better serve the needs of students and the entire Kent State community. The plan enhances the welcoming feel of the university’s iconic Front Campus and genuine sense of place, elevates inclusive healthy living-learning environments, links a campus-wide series of spaces focused on innovation and expands the dynamic synergy with the city of Kent.

Batman is coming to Kent State University.

In fact, so are Birdman, Betelgeuse and Vulture.

Oscar-nominated actor Michael Keaton will return to the campus he once walked as a student while dreaming about making it big in Hollywood. The leading man who has inspired millions in iconic roles on the big screen will now inspire thousands of new Kent State graduates as he delivers the commencement address May 12 during Kent State’s university-wide Commencement ceremony.

Trees fill the sky every season as far as the eye can see as Kent State University students walk down the Lefton Esplanade on the Kent Campus. Large oaks provide shade on a warm summer day, glistening maple trees leave a blanket of orange and red on the ground as students move back into the residence halls in the fall and snow-covered pines bring to life the holiday spirit for a Kent State winter.

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