IN A FLASH: An Unforgettable Day

Eclipse totality with KSU lamp post.


Students, faculty, staff and members of the Kent community came to campus on April 8 to experience a spectacle that for most is a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total solar eclipse over Kent State University. There were activities and scheduled events across campus to celebrate this rare occurrence in the skies over Northeast Ohio.

People gathered on the Student Green for the eclipse.


People gathered on the Student Green, Risman Plaza, Manchester Field and the Commons with blankets, snacks, cameras and Kent State eclipse glasses. After the eclipse began around 2 p.m., spectators looked to the skies to see larger and larger bites being taken out of the sun. As the totality approached, shortly after 3 p.m., gasps and cheers came from the crowds as the full majesty of the celestial event came into view. 

The totality of the eclipse, with solar flares.


The mood across campus was celebratory and happy as the Kent State community came together to share an unforgettable experience. 

Student viewing the eclipse.

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 09:25 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2024 04:42 PM
Phil B. Soencksen
Bob Christy, senior photography coordinator, University Communications & Marketing