An honorary Doctorate degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was awarded to Ruvik Danilovich, Mayor of Be'er-Sheva
The Ben Gurion University of the Negev awarded the title of Doctor of Philosophy last week on November 23, to seven people at a special ceremony, which was the focus of the "Ben Gurion Day", the annual memorial day of the "Old Man".
As part of the speeches that took place, "The signature of the mayor of Be'er-Sheva is evident in every aspect of the city's tremendous development. A multi-talented individual, who has promoted many diverse projects in the fields of education, youth, neighborhood rehabilitation, culture, and sports. Under his leadership, the city became prosperous and steadfast. A visionary leader who established Be'er-Sheva as a modern metropolis and whose vision of the long-term expansion and continuous efforts has led to the city being declared one of seven "Future Cities" in the world.
The honorary Doctor of Philosophy degrees was awarded to Prof. Ruth Gavison, Prof. Shafi Goldwasser, Ruvik Danilovich, Prof. Eliyahu Katz, Sigalit Landau, Moshe Safdie and Menahem Pressler. During the ceremony, Amos Richmond was awarded the "Friend of the Negev" and the BGU President's Award was given to Deborah Tomer and Eliezer Carmel for a long-standing donation to the university.
Mayor Danilovich related, "I am very excited to stand here, alongside exemplary figures, women, and men, who, due to their feverish imagination, their full faith and passion for life, have created a new future and made the world an exciting, intriguing and hopeful place."
"My stance here today expresses a great victory, no, not mine, of that same simple child, from a simple family, who refuses to dream simply. One that experiences failures, deals with crises and learns from mistakes. The downside is not a barrier to success, because perfection does not exist in anyone. I am not willing to give up any glorious failure that I have earned honestly, with great effort, as a result of dreams, initiatives, and ideas. Failure gives rise to experience. Even more, I realized that it is the most important component of our success, of all of us," he continued.
And this is the message, to every girl and boy who now sit in the classroom and feel frustrated that they are not equal, that they are disappointing their parents, who are not part of the measure of success and excellence that the system defined. Someone has to tell them the truth: there is not really one success index, and not everyone can or should reach that summit. This is completely wrong and different from the dynamics in which the world is run.
Anyone can do it his/her way. There is no secret to success and do not look for a winning formula, just be yourselves. Believe in yourself! The people who made dramatic changes in the world and determined the fate of humanity are those who did not always fit into the established framework.
Danilovich added: "You need the same spark, spiced with passion, and love. Yes, that simple commodity within the reach of every human being, for free, is the real key to success in life. It all begins with love: for human beings, for the city, for the state and for humanity. "
The award was awarded by President of Ben Gurion University, Professor Rivka Carmi and Rector Prof. Zvi Hacohen.