The Office of Special Programs at Wichita State University administers programs that provide comprehensive services to low-income, first-generation, foster care and disabled individuals. We work to further the success and well-being of our clients through academic, career, social and accommodation services.

May is the fifth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Its length is 31 days. May is a month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. The month of May brings many celebrations and important days to observe.

May Day:

May Day, celebrated on May 1st, is a day full of meaning and tradition worldwide. It marks a time to celebrate the changing seasons, with roots in ancient festivals that welcome the start of spring.

Mental Health Month:

May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, combat stigma, and promote mental health resources.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month:

In the month of May we take time to reflect and celebrate the important role that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) have played in our shared history. 

Military Appreciation Month:

National Military Appreciation Month falls in May each year. As its title suggests, this observance is meant to raise awareness and encourage celebration and appreciation of those who serve — or have served — in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Cinco de Mayo:

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Sunday, May 5 in 2024, is also known as Battle of Puebla Day. While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.

Memorial Day:

This year, Memorial Day is Monday, May 27. It is one of 12 observed federal holidays in the country. It is typically observed on the last Monday in May. Congress first established it as a holiday in 1971. Veterans Day (November 11) honors all who served in the U.S. military. However, on Memorial Day people typically remember those who died from war.

      Celebrate Memorial Day in Wichita.