Emerson College honors Ron Burgundy

College names school after fictitious anchorman

Emerson College in Massachusetts changed the name of its School of Communication -- for one day only -- to honor fictitious TV anchorman Ron Burgundy.

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, who plays Burgundy, appeared at the school in character for the naming ceremony on Wednesday.

"To be finally recognized for my work as a journalist is truly extraordinary. I can't believe that it's happening. And of all of the colleges to give me this esteemed award, to be recognized by the electoral college, it's extraordinary. I mean, I thought you guys only met once every four years to pick the president. But to be here at the electoral college … Am I getting that right? Oh, Emerson College, my mistake. To be here at Emerson College, it's wonderful. And to know that the Ron  Burgundy School of Communication will stand here for the test of time. A thousand years from now, when the planet is controlled by robots and mutants from the 'X-Men' series, one thing will still be standing -- the Ron Burgundy School of Communications. I want to thank dean and Mr. President for allowing this to be something that will last for a thousand years. Is that true? Oh, just one day! Not a minute more? Well, I'll take it," Burgundy said.

Burgundy took questions from students, and he told the crowd he receives a lot of news from carrier pigeons and offered hair advice, including "use a leave-in conditioner."

Ferrell has appeared as Burgundy in numerous newscasts around the country and in a car commercial to promote the sequel to his hit film "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" hits theaters on Dec. 18.

Watch his most recent appearance during a newscast in Bismarck, N.D.: (mobile users: http://bit.ly/InWgE4)

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