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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEMORIAL SERVICE
May 6, 2005

Family and friends joined about 200 mourners at a memorial service for Mike Scrocca in the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel. Caitlin McGrath, a senior accounting major and close friend of Mike, organized the service with help from other Kappa Alpha Theta sorority members. During the services, Scrocca's tearful father, mother and brother sat in the front pew listening to the Reverand Bill Byrne's homily and speeches from several of Scrocca's friends.

Friends clad in Pi Kappa Phi sweatshirts and T-shirts took to the rose-covered podium and addressed the audience in front of a poster-size picture of the smiling face of Mike Scrocca, recounting funny stories and special moments. Others were wearing dark formal wear or T-shirts with a picture of Scrocca smiling and holding out his arms in front of the Vittorio Emanuele monument in Rome. The T-shirts were made by his friends and family, who were also organizing a memorial fund for him.

University President Dan Mote took the podium to offer his condolences to Scrocca's family and friends. "So many people lost a part of themselves with his passing. I heard he loved this campus. I'm truly most happy about that."

Reverend Bill Byrne said the pictures of Scrocca imprinted on the T-shirt reminded him of an old Italian proverb that he heard while studying in Rome as a seminarian. "It's better to be a lion for one day than it is to be a sheep for 100, and Mike was a lion. By my calculations, he lived to be 220 years old - as a lion in sheep years."

Prelude Dr. Theodore Guerrant
Welcome Caitlin McGrath
Special Music "Ave Maria" (Schubert)
Sung by Jessica Savage
Accompanied by Elliott hayes
Thoughts and Remarks Dr. Dan Mote
Reading from the Gospel of Matthew Meredith Rachlin
Jesus said to his disciples:
"You are the salt of the earth.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it
under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand,
where it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your heavenly Father."
Words of Hope Father Bill Byrne
Remarks by Friends Dave Collins
Billy Zimmer
Rob Tilley
Commendation
Closing Prayer
Special Music "On Eagles Wings"
Michael Joncas
Postlude Dr. Theodore Guerrant

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