September 4, 2013
A record-breaking night on UVa grounds -- and it's something to high-five about.
The University of Virginia's Dean of Students Allen Groves handily broke the Guinness World Record for "Most High-Fives By an Individual in One Hour" with more than 2,000 high-fives.
The group needed 1,739 high-fives to break the record.
Two lines of students stretched from the Rotunda to the Homer statue at the other end of the lawn as Groves started high-fiving. UVa's Student Council and the University Programs Council put on the event Wednesday evening.
"This is our way of kicking off the year right. We really wanted to give students a unique way to start their semester. We think it's going to be a great year. Everybody wants to high-five Dean Groves so we thought this was a great chance to bring people out, get excited, and get going," said Michael Promisel of UVa Student Council.
Jordan Packett, a 2nd year at UVa and Margaret Fuller, a fourth year, came with others from their Christian fellowship to the Lawn to high five Dean Groves and hear acapella groups from the school sing afterward.
The event felt like "history in the making, history in the making," said Fuller, smiling.
"That's a good way to put it," said Packett.
The group beat the previous record by more than 700 high fives.
After the event, UVa Head Football Coach Mike London commended Groves, tweeting "congrats on setting the world record for most high fives tonight. You may need to see our trainers tomorrow for treatment."
No Guinness representatives were at the event. Organizers will put together an evidence package to send to Guinness in London for verification.