Family of Grambling State alums seeks world record

MARION— The Waynes are a large family with relatives in states across the nation, but they claim Marion, a small town about 45 miles outside of Grambling, as their home.

The News-Star reports the Waynes have applied for consideration by Guinness World Records, declaring to have set the record for the largest number of family members to attend the same university: Grambling State.

Waynes have found careers in medicine, law, education, the military, business, engineering, professional sports, science, criminal justice and acting.

Hattie Wayne, owner of Hattie Wayne Public Relations & Advertising, leads the family’s initiative to verify the record.

GSU registrar Patricia Hutcherson says 86 Wayne family members — from 10 branches of the family spanning more than five generations — enrolled at GSU and 51 Waynes graduated.