UMW President Richard V. Hurley

UMW Aims for a Guinness World Record

by | Apr 13, 2016 | Schools & Education

By Marty Morrison, University of Mary Washington director of Media and Public Relations. File photo of Richard V. Hurley copyright Fredericksburg Today.

University of Mary Washington students call him the high-fiving president. Richard V. Hurley routinely greets students with high-fives instead of handshakes. He even provides a “secret-code” for graduates that subs a high-five for a handshake as they cross the stage at Commencement.

Before the beloved leader slaps palms with his last wave of UMW graduates, the University plans to honor his three decades of service to higher education with a tribute worthy of the record books—a Guinness World Record for high fives!

On Wednesday, April 13, 2016 — a week before National High-Five Day — UMW reaches for an accolade it never has previously attempted: a Guinness World Record. The challenge will be to have on hand more than 432 pairs of jumping high-fivers. The attempt kicks off at 4 p.m. in the University’s William M. Anderson Center, but doors will open for participants at 2 p.m. An official Guinness World Records judge will oversee the event and will announce the outcome immediately.

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