Ryerson students unofficially smash record for largest clapping ensemble

1439 Ryerson University students, faculty and staff unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the largest clapping ensemble on August 27.

Members of Ryerson’s orientation team, Ryerson Students’ Union and university staff greeted the enthusiastic crowd of mostly first-year students who gathered on Lake Devo before the challenge got underway. Participants worked together to clap en masse for over three minutes to OutKast’s “Hey Ya,” unofficially breaking the previous record, external link set in Switzerland by 254 participants in 2015.

The Guinness World Record Challenge was part of the Official #RoadToRyerson Kick-Off. Festivities included performances by beatboxer KRNFX and Sole Power drumline, as well as a LARGE class photo celebrating the incoming class of 2018.

This is Ryerson’s twelfth annual Guinness World Record Challenge, and it is a highlight of Orientation Week for many first-year students. Previous Guinness World Record challenges included the most people simultaneously blowing chewing gum bubbles, largest cowbell ensemble, and the largest soul train dance.

Eggy The Mascot joined over 1400 Ryerson University students, faculty and staff to break the Guinness World record for the largest clapping ensemble! Photo Credit: Alyssa K. Faoro.

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