学長式辞で紹介されたルイジアナ州立大学のGary M King教授からのメッセージの全文（英語）です。
Congratulations on starting college!
The Fukushima disaster was one that reminded Japanese people that they are bound together by history, culture and genealogy. Many of us in other nations saw the pain and suffering and we were also reminded of the many ties that bind us all together. That is why support and aid was offered from around the world.
The pandemic is even more important in that respect.
SARS-CoV-2 has shown all of us that we are not just Japanese. We are not Americans, Chinese, Germans, Brazilians, or Australians. We are not Black or white, we are not yellow or red. We are not men or women. We are not straight or gay or lesbian or transgender or anything else.
We are all human first and foremost.
What SARS-CoV-2 knows is the protein that we all share, the ACE-2 receptor protein that is fundamental to who we are as an entity on this planet. SARS-COV-2 doesn't know anything else and it doesn't care.
We have seen that mortality varies among us, but that is not because we are intrinsically different, it is because we treat each other differently. We have created inequality among us and SARS-CoV-2 has taken advantage of our moral failures.
Our future depends on learning lessons from this. The future of today's graduates and the futures of their children depend on our recognizing that we are many yet we are one. We cannot escape this fact, yet we act often as though it doesn't matter.
We deny the existence and humanity of other people as we pursue what we believe are the paramount needs of our individual tribes. Yet in doing so, we are sowing the seeds for our own destruction.
Our experience with SARS-CoV-2 tells us that we must seek objective, verifiable truth in addressing our problems. There is no such thing as fake news versus real news, but there is truth and there are lies. We must know the difference.
We must understand that there are no real borders to the problems we create and that no matter how many walls we erect they are permeable and will crumble with time. SARS-CoV-2 defeated every barrier we erected. Some nations have fared better and some have fared worse but regardless of their political philosophy, all have failed and we are all united in those failures.
Yet in spite of our collective failures there is reason for much hope. Around the world we have seen the remarkable results of science and technology crossing borders to create novel vaccines with unprecedented speed and success, to produce protective equipment and supplies in unheard of quantities, and to save millions of lives. There is much left to do, but this gives us a blueprint for containing future outbreaks and for addressing the many other fundamental problems we face.
The students of Ibaraki University with their many talents and their broad expertise represent a source of hope for our collective future. We are all looking at them and encouraging them. Not just their parents, family and friends, but all of us, the people of Ibaraki Prefecture, the people of Japan, the people of the world.
Together our future is bright, separately it is dim. We must go forward together then to build a world where science, engineering and technology can flourish alongside a deep respect for our humanity as individuals and as a collective whole.
My best wishes to all of new students at Ibaraki University,
Professor Gary M King Louisiana State University USA