100 unique commemorative speech topics

Published by at November 1st, 2021 , Revised On November 1, 2021

What is ‘commemoration’? 

‘Commemorate’ comes from Latin commemorat, which means ‘to remember collectively.’ A commemorative speech, therefore, is a kind of spoken discourse where the speaker is trying to do one or all the following:

  • Remember a deceased personality
  • Honour the works of a living personality
  • Remember past tragedies of a certain event in history
  • Praise personal or family’s/friends’ achievements

…and so on. Such speeches are commemorative in the sense that the language, tone, style and perhaps even anecdotes present in the speech compel hearers/readers to remember, honour and/or appreciate the personalities or events being discussed in the speech.

In other words, a commemorative speech aims to remember the person/event being talked about in high regard.

Choosing the right topic for a commemorative speech can be tricky. It all depends on the purpose and event of the speech. Sometimes, an event’s organiser(s) can help in selecting the right kind of speech to deliver.

Still having difficulty picking a topic? Check out the following 100 unique commemorative speech topics to choose from. Make it a speech everyone will remember for a long time!

A. Unique commemorative speech topics for family and friends

  1. Commemorative speech at a wedding rehearsal dinner to celebrate the wedding couple
  2. Commemorative speech at an anniversary
  3. Commemorative speech at a wedding reception
  4. Commemorative speech at a baby shower
  5. Commemorative speech at an engagement party
  6. Commemorative speech at a birthday party
  7. Commemorative speech at a friend’s, family member’s or another relative’s graduation ceremony
  8. Commemorative speech at a funeral
  9. Get-well-soon commemorative speech for a relative, family member, or a friend
  10. Commemorative speech on father’s or mother’s day
  11. Commemorative speech to celebrate fatherhood/motherhood after becoming a parent, a family member’s or a friend’s.
  12. Commemorative speech at a newborn’s baptism, christening, etc.

B. Unique commemorative speech topics related to education 

  1. Commemorative speech at one’s graduation ceremony
  2. Commemorative speech at one’s graduation ceremony party
  3. Commemorative speech as a valedictorian
  4. Commemorative speech at an orientation (for example, at the start of a new semester)
  5. Commemorative speech at the start of a conference proceeding (for example, to celebrate the conference ceremony; invite guest speakers, etc.)
  6. Commemorative speech to remember and honour a deceased member of the institution
  7. Commemorative speech at the inauguration of a new (scholarship, extra-curricular, health, or otherwise) program at one’s institution
  8. Commemorative speech at the promotion of a faculty member
  9. Commemorative speech at an award ceremony for a faculty member or another student
  10. Commemorative speech at one’s award ceremony
  11. Commemorative speech on sports day
  12. Commemorative speech at the beginning of a new school/college/university year
  13. Commemorative speech at honour-roll day/result declaration day
  14. Commemorative speech at a faculty member’s birthday
  15. Commemorative speech at a faculty’s member’s work (e.g., a journal article) being published
  16. Commemorative speech after receiving one’s diploma, degree, or some other certificate
  17. Commemorative speech at a school/college/university reunion

C. Unique commemorative speech topics related to the workplace 

  1. Commemorative speech on one’s first day at work
  2. Commemorative speech on one’s last day at work
  3. Commemorative speech on one’s promotion at work
  4. Commemorative speech on one’s monthly or yearly achievements at work
  5. Commemorative speech on the birthday of a colleague at work
  6. Commemorative speech on the birthday of a higher authority at work
  7. Commemorative speech for a colleague’s promotion at work
  8. Commemorative speech on the passing of one’s colleague
  9. Commemorative speech on the passing of one’s manager/director/head etc. at work
  10. Commemorative speech at an inauguration of a new department or sector at work
  11. Commemorative speech at the launch of a new service or product at work
  12. Commemorative speech at an event celebrating certain company milestones/goals reached at work
  13. Commemorative speech after winning a case/completing a difficult project at work
  14. Commemorative speech for an international/well-acclaimed client or another company at work
  15. Commemorative speech at a recognition or award ceremony held for the company
  16. Commemorative speech at the launch/establishment of a new branch of one’s company
  17. Commemorative speech before one is transferred to another department or branch of the same company
  18. Commemorative speech to honour and appreciate the labour department or some other specific team/department at one’s company
  19. Commemorative speech at one’s company jubilee

D. Other unique commemorative speech topics related to science, health, arts, media and similar themes

  1. Commemorative speech at the discovery of a new species/planet/ etc.
  2. Commemorative speech to celebrate the existence and/or achievements of a scientific agency, such as NASA
  3. Commemorative speech at the successful production of a medicine/vaccine etc.
  4. Commemorative speech at or before the launch of a spacecraft into space
  5. Commemorative speech at a scientific convention
  6. Commemorative speech to celebrate ban of wrongful acts against human rights, animal rights or both
  7. Commemorative speech to raise awareness for an endangered animal species
  8. Commemorative speech to comfort, encourage and/or inspire the medical community in times of unprecedented health crises
  9. Commemorative speech at movie awards
  10. Commemorative speech to celebrate attention brought by media (films, for e.g.,) to a certain injustice, a minority group, or some other phenomenon otherwise unnoticed before
  11. Commemorative speech to celebrate and honour the life and works of a celebrity
  12. Commemorative speech to celebrate and honour the life and works of an artist or other media personality
  13. Commemorative speech at an inauguration of an art gallery, media platform, production company, etc.
  14. Commemorative speech at an art store’s or gallery’s/media company’s jubilee
  15. Commemorative speech to raise awareness or call to action for mental health
  16. Commemorative speech to raise awareness or call to action for obesity and its causative problems
  17. Commemorative speech to raise awareness or call to action environmental issues, such as global warming

E. Other unique commemorative speech topics related to current or future life events and themes

  1. Commemorative speech when one is leaving the neighbourhood and relocating
  2. Commemorative speech to welcome and invite one’s new neighbours in town
  3. Commemorative speech at a prayer event for someone’s quick recovery
  4. Commemorative speech at a family or friends’ reunion taking place after a long time of separation
  5. Commemorative speech after inheriting a family business or some other form of profit
  6. Commemorative speech after building one’s own house, buying property or some other form of real estate
  7. Commemorative speech at a town event or festival, such as a foods festival celebrating a certain peoples’ food culture
  8.  Commemorative speech among friends and/or family after a successful, long trip or other adventure
  9. Commemorative speech to mark the adoption, birthday, recovery or another similar event related to one’s pet(s)
  10. Commemorative speech after winning a contest at one’s hometown
  11. Commemorative speech to raise funds or thank those who helped in raising funds for a certain cause/organisation
  12. Commemorative speech to raise awareness for a group’s objectives and goals etc., such as an NGO, a sanitation department group or an ecological welfare group working in one’s hometown

F. Other unique commemorative speech topics related to past life events and themes

  1. Commemorative speech to remember and honour victims of 9/11
  2. Commemorative speech to remember and honour victims and/or tragedies of the two World Wars
  3. Commemorative speech to remember and honour victims/tragedies of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki attacks
  4. Commemorative speech in the name of an influential personality, their legacy and/or life’s achievement(s)
  5. Commemorative speech to celebrate world religions and/or cultures
  6. Commemorative speech to honour survivors and/or victims of a natural disaster (earthquake, flood, etc.) in a certain village, city, town or another place
  7. Commemorative speech to remember and honour the end of slave trading
  8. Commemorative speech to remember and honour an ancient civilisation, such as the Incas
  9. Commemorative speech to mark a significant period, such as a certain number of years since the birth of a technology/medicine, etc.
  10. Commemorative speech at

G. Other unique commemorative speech topics related to politics and related themes

  1. Commemorative speech at a political congregation, rally, assembly or another similar form of political gathering/event
  2. Commemorative speech to call out on an injustice being committed in one’s area, city, or some other place
  3. Commemorative speech to raise awareness for minority rights and/or atrocities committed against a minority group(s)
  4. Commemorative speech in a court of law when a criminal has been/is going to be apprehended justly
  5. Commemorative speech to call to action a jury (jury duty) in a court of law
  6. Commemorative speech to celebrate women rights movements
  7. Commemorative speech to highlight and/or honour the importance of revolutions that were a result of the World Wars (the industrial revolution, for instance)
  8. Commemorative speech while casting an election vote at a public or private gathering
  9. Commemorative speech to inspire, uplift and encourage others during a time of political unrest or difficulty
  10. Commemorative speech on the day of one’s country’s Independence Day
  11. Commemorative speech on the birthday of one’s country’s pollical leader
  12. Commemorative speech on the death anniversary of one’s country’s pollical leader
  13. Commemorative speech to celebrate or raise awareness for LGBTQ rights in one’s hometown or city etc.

Example of a unique commemorative speech

Listen to ex-U.S. president, Barack Obama, deliver a heart-warming commemorative speech honouring Nelson Mandela in 2013.

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