September 21, 2023

Make history. Lend a hand!

The following message is from the Division of Advancement and University Relations:

How many times in your life do you get to be a part of setting a world record? What a unique opportunity we have at UMW on April 13 — not only have we scheduled an attempt to break a Guinness World Record (our first ever!), but we also have a chance to give a hand to President Hurley for everything he has done to make Mary Washington such a special community.

The event will go quickly – participants will be paired off, and when the Guinness judge gives a signal, we all will take a little leap and perform Rick Hurley’s signature gesture – a high five – with our partner. The #HighFiveHurley World Record Attempt gives the University community an opportunity to congregate for a memorable cause AND to get out of the office for about an hour and a half!  We want you to participate; for Guinness record-keeping, we need you to sign up. Then, all you have to do is show up at the Anderson Center at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13. Exactly 866 people are needed to help set a new record; however, it would be great to fill the Anderson Center so that UMW will long hold the world record for simultaneous jumping high fives.

Sign Up TODAY, and get your colleagues, friends and family members to do so, too. (Share the site:!). Today and next Monday, we’ll have demonstrations outside the UC of the fine art of performing a jumping high five. Come out and practice with us! You can sign up then.

P.S. If you have class or another commitment and can’t make the April 13th event, plan on performing a virtual jumping high five and share it on social media!