Updated: UI cancels new student convocation due to weather; world record attempt successful

Updated: UI cancels new student convocation due to weather; world record attempt successful

New 5:55 p.m. Friday:

Enough though rain caused the University of Illinois to cancel new student convocation Friday, there's still some good news to "spread" (no pun intended).

For the fourth year in a row, the UI has broken a Guinness World Record.  This time, it's the world's largest jar of spread; a tomato spread to be specific, checking in at nearly 4.7 feet tall.

UI chef Carrie Anderson led the crew that whipped up the concoction starting three days in advance.

The vegan spread features some local ingredients and is now being served in UI dining halls.

Project spokesperson Dawn Aubrey said as opposed to previous years, the university wanted to establish a new record this year.  But Guinness nixed that and suggested the spread record, which up until Friday was held by Nutella.

Aubrey said the UI plans to continue the world record attempt tradition at future convocations.


Original story:

The University of Illinois has canceled the new student convocation due to anticipated inclement weather.

The event was scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. today and expected to last until 11:15 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. In previous years the convocation was held in the State Farm Center, but the building is undergoing renovations.

The attempt to set a Guinness World Record for largest jar of spread will occur at the Student Dining and Residential Programs Building, 301 E. Gregory Dr., during the lunch hour, according to an announcement by Renee Romano, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Romano said students should still attend their college receptions this afternoon. Information about the New Student Programs Welcome Days can be found at

The Illinois Sights and Sounds program at 7 p.m. Saturday in the stadium is still scheduled, but also is subject to tomorrow evening’s weather conditions, the university said.

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