Special Occasion Speech

Special Occasion Speeches

This section is full of Special Occasion Speeches which are critical-thinking activities that require you to synthesize and apply your unique speaking skills to unique situations.

Please refer to the Special Occasion chapter in Public Speaking textbooks as you prepare to deliver your own Special Occasion Speech. The authors will show you what to include and or what not to include in your presentation based upon the type of speech that you are delivering!


Barack Obama Acceptance Speech

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech

Fred Rogers Acceptance Speech - 1997

Robin Williams Receives Cecil B DeMille Award - Golden Globes 2005

Commemorative Address

Melissa Harris-Perry: 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Address

Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84

Commencement Address

First Lady Michelle Obama Commencement Speech at Spelman College May 2011

Obama at ASU: Commencement Speech with intro by Michael Crow

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Will Ferrell Harvard Commencement Speech Part 1

Award Presentation

Award Presentation Speech

Award Presentation

10 year old intellect, Dalton Sherman's keynote speech

2008 Keynote Address: Mark Warner

John Paul DeJoria: 2011 Entrepreneurship Conference Keynote


Derek Jeter's farewell to Yankee Stadium speech

President Reagan's Farewell Address to the Nation — 1/11/89

Nixon Farewell Speech to Whitehouse Staff

President Bill Clinton - Farewell Address


Funny Valedictorian Speech

Lady Gaga Disney Hall Valedictorian Speech

Valedictorian Speech

Valedictorian Speech


Salutatorian Speech

Speech of Introduction

How to Introduce Another Speaker - Sample


A Tribute to Tom Hanks

Candle In the Wind: A Princess Diana Tribute

Michelle Obama Emotional Speech at Maya Angelou Memorial

Ruby Murray Tribute Speech

Other Types

  • Retirement
  • Nominations
  • After Dinner
  • Wedding
  • Anniversery
  • Eulogy
  • Birthday
  • Father of the Bride
  • Groom
  • Best Man
  • Spoken Word
  • Women