The 28th annual commemoration is titled "Unification of the Generations" and will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday with an arts tribute in the commons, at which Kovic will be the featured reader. The event will be held in the Student Center Kiva if it rains.
The tribute will also feature a number of local poets and musicians. There will be an open microphone for participants, but early arrival to participate is urged.
An anti-war activist, Kovic was among the protesters who attempted unsuccessfully in 1977 to prevent the Memorial Gym Annex from being built near the site of the shootings.
The movie version of Kovic's book, which starred Tom Cruise, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Kent Student Center Kiva, followed by a speech by Kovic. The candlelight vigil will begin at 11 p.m. Sunday at the Victory Bell on the KSU Commons and will follow the same route students took 28 years ago, ending in the Prentice Hall parking lot. The all-night vigil will begin immediately after the march around campus and will end at 12:24 p.m. Monday.
Students will stand in the areas where four students fell, taking half-hour shifts throughout the vigil.
The commemoration will continue with a number of guests who will speak in the Commons from noon until 2 p.m.
The speakers include Kovic, Ron Conn, executive director of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Union at KSU, folk singers Gary Povinale and Charlie Mosbrook, Ruth Gibson, member of the Kent 25, Robbie Stamps, a student who was wounded May 4, Cambodian poet U Sam Oeur and KSU professor Timothy E. Moore.
Four people will also speak Monday in honor of the students who were killed _ Steve Skovensky will speak in honor of Jeffrey Miller, Rochelle Gause will speak in honor of Sandy Scheuer, Troy Gregorino will speak in honor of William Schroeder and Samantha Carver will speak in honor of Allison Krause.
The commemoration will end with a concert by the political-activist band Fugazi, which will play in Manchester from 6:30 to 11 p.m. to raise funds for the May 4 Scholarship fund.
Students Wendy Semon and Meredith Edgar are this year's co-chairwomen for the event.