Opening ceremonies


The 50th anniversary celebrations began with an opening ceremony on 1 October in Canterbury and 2 October in Medway. Members of the local Kent community joined our students, staff and alumni for an evening of live music, entertainment and spectacular fireworks.

At both events, bands played songs from the last 5 decades, covering many famous acts who have played at Kent!

Guests at Canterbury had the chance to ride the Kent Wheel for stunning views of the University and the city of Canterbury as the sun set.

Both campuses did themselves proud in the big #WeAreKent selfie, and many guests raised a glass of Old Templeman ale to toast the start of the anniversary year! Students from the School of History took guests for a walk down memory lane and heard many happy memories of Kent – here’s to making many more throughout the year ahead!

Following these events we will celebrate with our staff, students, alumni and supporters in our local, European and global communities as part of our regular international activities. Find out more about the events taking place.