In your hands, dear students, more than in ours, will rest the final success or failure of your course. Since this institute was founded, each set of students has contributed to make NiA what it is today. Their success stands testimony to the quality, in their laurels you will shine.
There are multiple challenges ahead – not just in your studies but in the civic life that surrounds you. Once you complete the program and go forth in a career, you too will face a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
Will you unite against these enemies to emerge as a strong and global community that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in a social effort to become a stronger society?
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. Let us not shirk from this responsibility - welcome it. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
Ask not what your country will do for you, but what together we can do for our country. (borrowed from JFK)
Democracy is not just about an individual's rights, it is about each individual's rights. Freedom is not about some of us being more free than others but for each one to be free. Secularism is not just my right to practice my religion but for each one's right to do so.
Let us change our own self from this day onwards and practice a modern, democratic, free and secular life.
Inspired by the Inaugural Address of JFK, January 20th, 1961