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June 11, 2006

Do you think this thing comes with survivor's rights?

On Friday, May 12 at the Baccalaureate Service of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, the status of Honorary Alumnus was conferred upon Dan Champion.

Here's the proof.

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And here are words shared by Dr. William Herzog during the presentation of the certificate.

"At an ancient funeral oration spoken by Rabbi Bun II, Rabbi Bun bar Hijja, who died about 325 C.E. at the age of 28, was honored. The funeral oration was in the form of a parable. Rabbi Bun began by saying "the situation for which they were gathered to honor the memory of their master was like that of a king who had hired a great number of laborers. Two hours after work began, the king inspected the laborers. He saw that one of them surpassed the others in industry and skill. He took him by the hand and walked up and down with him till the evening. When the laborers came to receive their wages, each of them received the same amount as all the others. Then they murmured and said, “We have worked the whole day, and this man only two hours, yet you have paid him the full day’s wages.” The king replied, “I have not wronged you; this laborer has done more in two hours than you have done during the whole day.” In concluding the funeral oration, the rabbi said, “so has Rabbi Bun bar Hijja accomplished more in his short life of twenty—eight years than many a grey-haired scholar in a hundred years. Therefore, after such a brief span of labor, the Master of the Universe has taken him by the hand and gathered him to himself.”

So it is with Dan Champion. In the brief time he worked with us, he accomplished more than many graduates after a full course of study. It is fitting, therefore, that we honor him in this way. At the commencement of Harvard University, it is customary for the President to say after conferring the bachelors' degrees, "Welcome to the company of educated men and women." So a much greater President will say to Dan, "Welcome to the company of the saints who claim Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School as their alma mater."

Welcome, Dan. May your spirit continue to enliven our community."

Posted by Stephanie at June 11, 2006 10:22 PM

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