IMHO, whoever gives the rank, is sanctioned to give or accep the rank, or own the school I want to study at, has the right to give and accept on whatever criteria they see fit. I must trucst my Snesei to know what he his doing. Even though I would not have promoted me, personally. I guess I would suggest that we take other people's ranks less seriously and personally than we do our own. And, I would suggest we don't take our own rank too seriously or personally.