KENT — Kent State University cancelled its 50th May 4 Commemoration Weekend events, May 1-4, in accordance with the Ohio Department of Health’s stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

A virtual May 4 Commemoration program is under development and details will be announced at a later date, according to a post on the KSU website.

An online program will honor and remember Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer and William Schroeder, who were killed, and nine other students who were wounded on May 4, 1970, when the Ohio National Guard fired on students during an anti-war protest.

“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 wellbeing of everyone is our first priority.”

Diacon said the planning process has provided a firm foundation for future commemorations and on-going educational efforts.

“For the first time, Kent State administrators, students and faculty, along with May 4 survivors and family members, united around a commitment to jointly plan a commemoration,” he said. “The collaboration of groups previously divided on May 4 issues personifies a spirit of unity and reconciliation that has become an integral part of the history and legacy of the Kent State shootings.”

Refunds for the May 4 50th Commemoration Benefit Concert featuring Joe Walsh and David Crosby and the luncheon featuring historian Eric Foner have been processed. For up-to-date information regarding the virtual commemoration, please visit

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