Following in [the] footsteps… of our great forerunners, and alongside the distinguished guests here today, let us together move forward with unremitting tenacity, with faith in the innate goodness of life.
I believe the next ten years represents your first benchmark, one best spent by living each day to the utmost while forging a network of trust with those around you as you steadily build up your competence and hone your character even further.
Schiller writes in William Tell, ‘We swear that no Extremity shall part us.’ In like manner, I would like to encourage the members of the Class of 2015 to support and encourage your fellow alumni, upholding the ideals of Soka education as you compose similarly triumphant episodes in your own lives.
The robust ties of friendship forged between young global citizens, having overcome differences among one another in learning conditions founded on universal human values: this is the greatest force of nonviolence to counter society’s destructive tendencies that fuel human misery and impede the building of a peaceful world.
It is my cherished hope that you will be forthright and unfettered in opening your hearts and minds as you encounter priceless new friends with the world as your stage. Do so as you strive to unite the hearts of all people.
The most prized of any treasure that I can bequeath to the future is you, the students of SUA. Like giant sequoias, you are all towering representatives of Soka education’s triumph, of a global society that will be flush with peace and the celebration of life.