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It's official: Grossmont College has set a world record

Posted on: Jul 24, 2012 1:00:00 AM

Contact: Rick Griffin (619) 644-7840

Officials at Guinness World Records in London have confirmed that Grossmont College was successful in its bid to set a world record for the most signatures on a birthday card in one day.

The record was set at the community college’s 50th anniversary open house on April 14, when a total of 1,821 people signed the four-foot-tall card, including 174 well-wishers who submitted their greetings on Grossmont College’s Facebook page. The previous record was 1,468 signatures on a card in one day.

“Setting the record is like icing on the birthday cake of our yearlong celebration of Grossmont College’s first 50 years,” Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke said. “We are grateful for everyone’s support for our college and helping us set the record. Here’s to the next half-century of excellence in serving our community.”

The signatures had to be posted during the five hours of Grossmont’s open house, held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A team of about 25 volunteers helped with registration and served as witnesses as they followed meticulous procedures laid out by Guinness World Records. They also kept tabs of the greetings posted on Facebook.

Cooke said the certificate from Guinness will be on display at the college when fall semester classes begin Aug. 20.

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