ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- It was a day of celebration and good deeds at the University of Maine Wednesday, for the school's 78th annual Maine Day.
Hundreds of students paraded through the streets to kick off the event that first began back in 1935. It's a day set aside every spring for students, faculty, staff and alumni to come together to spruce up the campus before the end of the year.
"It's to really clean up the campus, to take time to clean up around their buildings, get things ready for the end of the year and really come together as a University," said one of the day's organizers, Lisa Morin.
Around 2,000 students took part in the clean up effort that had 70 different projects spread throughout the Orono campus. Of course a lot of fun was had as well with several games during the afternoon, including the famous mud volleyball competition. Sophomore Justin Richards always looks forward to the end of the year ritual.
"We have a great spirit, we have a great history, and with events like this it's a great day to get out and show our spirit and have some fun while we're doing it," said Richards.
Classes were cancelled at teacher's discretion, but student's aren't off the hook yet with final exams next week and graduation scheduled for May 11th.