Speaking on Special Occasions or Ceremonial Speaking

The purpose of a ceremonial speech is to express the importance of the moment and the people involved. It is given to publicly celebrate or commemorate a special occasion. A special occasion is a time set apart from both everyday life and its events to reflect on and publicly state what we value most. Since the time of the Greeks, ceremonial speeches have had a ritualistic quality, which means they elevate and transcend our everyday lives but in a way that is familiar. In other words, social and cultural expectations often determine how you should perform ceremonial speeches.

Key Terms

Speech of Introduction
Speech of Presentation
Speech of Commemoration
Speech of Acceptance
Figurative Language