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Kent State University cancels May 4 50th Commemoration weekend events

The university says it is developing a virtual Commemoration program with details to be announced later.

KENT, Ohio — On Monday, Kent State University announced the cancellation of weekend commemoration programs that were meant to honor and remember the four Kent State students who lost their lives and those who were wounded on May 4th, 1970 when the Ohio National Guard fired on students during an anti-war protest. 

The events were set to take place May 1st through the 4th.

The decision to cancel the events is due to the stay-at-home order that was issued by Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton on Sunday. The order is set to take effect March 23rd at 11:59pm. 

“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,” said Kent State President Todd Diacon. “However, the health, safety and well-being of everyone is our first priority.”

The University is asking visitors to reschedule plans for visiting the May 4th Landmark site and asking that they cooperate with the travel restrictions and measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

In lieu of in-person gatherings, a virtual commemoration program is being developed and will be announced at a later time. Those who had purchased tickets to the May 4 50th Commemoration Benefit Concert or Luncheon will receive a refund. For more information on the virtual commemoration program, visit the Kent State Website.

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