Kent State cancels May 4 anniversary events

KENT — Kent State University is canceling its May 4 50th Commemoration Weekend events.

The decision was made in accordance with the order of Dr. Amy Acton, director of Ohio Department of Health, to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, and in the interest of the health and safety of the community.

A virtual May 4 Commemoration program is under development, and details will be announced at a later time. This online program will honor and remember Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder who were killed and nine other Kent State students who were wounded May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard fired on students during an anti-war protest

According to KSU President Todd Diacon, “This action comes as a great disappointment to so many who have looked forward to this milestone weekend and who have worked tirelessly to make this event happen. However, the health, safety and well-being of everyone is our first priority.”

For up-to-date information regarding the virtual commemoration, visit www.kent.edu/may4kentstate50.