It has been confirmed by the people at Guinness World Records that the students of UWC Atlantic College in Llantwit Major broke a world record last year for the most nationalities represented in a group hug.
The record attempt, which was made back in February 2020, before the Coronavirus pandemic had reached our shores, has recently been confirmed as successful, with the students now officially holding the record. A total of 72 nationalities were represented in the group hug.
The record has now been registered on the Guinness World Record website, with the college saying in a statement on their record page:
“UWC is a college located in Wales. Their mission statement is “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future”. They live in an extremely diverse school in which everyone has a story to tell. Those stories are attached to their nationalities, of which they have many. UWC supports diversity and knows the importance of embracing different cultures and understanding each other. This is why they wanted the whole school to participate in a hug involving as many nationalities as possible. The college believes that by achieving this record they will bring their community together and strengthen their links with each other.”
Sharing the exciting news on their social media pages, UWC Atlantic said:
“Last year, on 10 February, the students attempted to break a Guinness World Record. After months of collaborative work and recording evidence, we just received the confirmation that we are the Guinness World Record holders for Most Nationalities in a Group Hug with 72 nationalities. We would like to thank the 2020 and 2021 PeaCo reps, especially Uriel (UWCA 20) and Ulviya (UWCA 20), for all the hard work.”
You can find out more about UWC Atlantic’s record on the Guinness World Records website, here.