Welcoming the Chief Guest
It is a great honour for me to introduce and welcome our Chief Guest this evening. He is an accomplished writer with several published works to his credit.
[Title] [Title] [Title] are some of the works that has critical acclaim and international recognition with [Title] winning the [Name] Prize.
His literary works have been agents of social change. His books have ignited a fire in every heart that dares to dream.
Today we are privileged to have an opportunity to listen to him this evening. On behalf of all gathered here I welcome you Sir to this literary evening of the International Book Fair.
A Short Speech of Introduction
Here is a man whose life and work mostly revolve around these historical places.
Cradled in a manger in Bethlehem,
raised up as a carpenter in a poor home in Nazareth,
calming the stormy winds and waves of the sea of Galilee,
and crucified like a criminal on top a hill outside the city of Jerusalem.
There he bled and died; and left his tomb empty the third day.
Introducing the Man like none else, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God, Saviour, crowned in heaven the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Welcoming a Cricketing Legend
Often compared with the legendary Sir Don Bradman; and having a copybook style with shots on all sides of the ground; an entertainer of the crowds, one who wears his passion for cricket on his sleeves, a gentleman cricketer, a brand that sells, a run machine, a game-changer who rewrote record books, the man whose proudest moment came when he became part of the Indian team winning the world cup.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the man whose name is wedded to centuries, the inspirational performer whose wonderful cricketing journey; his life between 22 yards for 24 years enthralled and captivated the crowds in all the cricket playing nations of the world–Sachin Tendulkar.
A Simple Virtual Wedding Felicitation Speech
This is a day both of you have waited for long. And we are glad to be here, most of us virtually, to witness you being joined together as husband and wife.
Congratulations! May God be your stay and strength, your joy and hope. May he bless you with love for each other that ever increases like a stream that into a mighty river swells and flows.
I wish you joy and the ability to make music out of the discord and dissonance that will naturally arise. Two simple things that will keep you afloat and in harmony are saying “Thank you” and “I am sorry” with genuine and sincere hearts often.
Each day rise up with the intent to add something more to make your relationship stronger, your affection for each other richer, and your togetherness sweeter.
Do not let the mobile screen take away from your valuable time together. Instead, may prayers for each other rise in your hearts–prayers that will bless, encourage and protect.
May you be blessed with long life together and may faithfulness to each other shield your married life from all storms that may arise.
Let me wish you the centuries old priestly blessing and conclude:
The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Welcoming a Fashion Designer
She is known for her ability to weave magic with the curious blend and mix of tradition and modernity. Her designs give us a sense of careless ease but is nothing short of impeccable perfection. Most of her dresses sport vibrant colours and serene patches.
One, who has stamped her imprint not only in the Fashion Weeks of London, New York, Milan and Paris; but also in the glamorous and traditional attires of models in their private appearances across the globe; and on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival, Oscar Award nights etc.
She has been able to carve a niche for herself in the ever changing world of fashions with her uncanny ability to showcase talent and highlight personal branding.
A caring wife and a loving mother who has set her signature in floral designs; her outfits for the career woman exudes power and confidence. Please welcome the inimitable . . . .
Felicitation Speech During Sports and Cultural Fest Inauguration
Respected Chief Guest and other dignitaries present here today; a warm good morning to one and all.
It is my privilege to stand here before this gathering to wish the participants of this Sports and Cultural Fest all the best. The importance of sports and cultural competitions in nurturing talent and promoting good will and understanding between students of different institutions is well known.
I am happy that the alumni of our College under the able leadership of the Principal has taken the initiative to organize a national level competition for students of Arts and Professional colleges. I welcome all the participants and wish you all the best.
More than winning or losing; the spirit in which competitions are conducted deserves special mention. May these competitions bring out the best in you and spur you on to greater achievements in life. May the friendships you build across campuses through your participation in this event ever widen into better understanding and cooperation between students and teachers across the length and breadth of our country.
Let me conclude by wishing that each one of you will carry back from here some wonderful memories of this Sports and Cultural Fest that you’ll cherish for a long time to come.
Vote of Thanks
Respected Director of [Name] Hospitals, Respected Chief Guest of the Day, other dignitaries, colleagues, graduating students and parents,
We have come to the end of a memorable Graduation Ceremony and College Day Celebration. It is a day that marks a new beginning in the lives of graduating students. I am sure that these students would carry from here professional excellence on one hand and compassion towards fellow men on the other.
First of all I wish all graduating students a glorious career ahead where you’ll be the channels of God’s healing touch to a broken world.
As the Organizing Secretary of College Day Celebrations, I stand here today to propose the vote of thanks.
First of all our thanks are due to our Director, in charge of our Hospital and Educational Institutions who presided over this function. We are grateful to have had such an eminent administrator and a man with a vision and mission as our Director. His leadership is reflected in all developmental activities of our Institutions. Thank you so much for presiding over this function.
Our Guest of Honour for today is none other than [Name]. His priestly blessing is something graduating students will certainly treasure for years to come. For none of us achieves anything in life without God’s grace. So I thank you [Name] for your gracious words and for distributing prizes and scholarships.
We were indeed privileged to have had an eminent person our Chief Guest today. He is the Vice Chancellor of the [Name] University. He is a man who looks forward to reform the whole education sector with the aid of technology. We were honoured to have listened to your insightful speech on the importance of quality education, integrity, and utmost dedication in the medical sector. On behalf of all gathered here, our heartfelt thanks to you Sir.
Our thanks are also due to [Name] for making all feel welcome at this college day and graduation function; and, [Name] for presenting the annual report. Thank you Madam. [Name] was gracious enough to administer the oath to the graduating students. I do hope that it would motivate our graduating students to proceed in their chosen career with hope, vision and courage. I would also like to thank [Name] for giving voice to the vibrant thoughts of the graduating students.
As a key stake holder of this institution let me tell all of you that the time has now come for you step out of this cosy nest and fly on your own. The training and discipline you got from this college will definitely carry you through. And when you feel overwhelmed by challenges know that God will carry you in his everlasting arms spread underneath you.
Finally let me thank all the distinguished guests once again and also my colleagues, members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, and beloved students whose dynamism you will witness in the cultural programmes tonight.
Let me end by challenging you to go out and shine your light. As Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Go out and shine and let the world rejoice with hope at your shining light. Thank you all once again.
Sample Acceptance Speech
Respected Chairman, dignitaries on the dais, and all others present,
A warm good morning to all of you.
It is with a deep sense of humility that I accept the award you have chosen to bestow on me. On behalf of my team, let me express our thanks and gratitude for choosing me and my team for this award.
This is an occasion to celebrate and remember all those who made it possible. In particular, let me thank all the colleagues in my team in this moment of great gladness.
There was a sense of deep commitment to the vision of reaching the completion of this project within the given deadline among the members of our team. We are glad that we could do so through hard work, determination, best utilization of man and machine power, and perseverance.
So this award belongs to not just one person but to the entire team who worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm and single-minded aim.
I also would like to thank our clients for putting their faith in us. Your faith in us had given us tremendous confidence and on this occasion we are glad to have you present here with us.
An award is a milestone on a long journey. So it is not an end; but a new beginning. It is a time to look back and look forward at the same time.
On this occasion let me tell you that our Company is still eagerly looking forward to the taking up of new projects in the area of renewable energy resource management.
There are several dream-projects ahead of us. This award will inspire us and motivate us to continue to pursue excellence more and more in all that we do.
I would like to dedicate this award to our CEO for his inspirational leadership, relentless pursuit of excellence, and ability to speak words of wisdom in times of change and challenge.
Thank you all once again. And let us join hands for a better future ahead as we try to make this earth a better place through our projects and achievements. Thank you.
In Loving Admiration for All Teachers
Who has not been inspired by a teacher? Somewhere at the back of our minds stands at least one or two who showed us light and pointed out to us the path we need to travel.
A teacher is one who has a heart of love, a passion for knowledge, and a skill for communicating the same.
A teacher is a balanced mix of discipline and gentleness at the same time. He or she is one who is a role model by setting an example for the students in speech, action, discipline, and character.
He or she, on rare occasions when something goes wrong, is humble enough and honest enough to admit, “Sorry, I made a mistake.”
A teacher is one who has the ability to spot the hidden potential in a child and encourage him or her to live true to the dreams in one’s heart.
A huge gallery of famous personalities owe it to their teachers for having first identified their talent and are thankful to them for having nurtured it.
A teacher believes in a child even when others label him or her negatively and will not neglect a student because others have given up on that student saying that the student is not good in studies.
Many students have found the courage to hope and the dare to dream just because of one teacher who said, “Yes, you can!”
A teacher is one who is not satisfied with the knowledge of the past; but is always updated on what is new in his or her subject. He or she makes an extra effort to bring something new that is interesting, informative, inspiring, and even inter-disciplinary to class each day.
This extra effort is a thing of joy for the teacher and extremely satisfying as the class responds enthusiastically and attentively.
A teacher is one who listens carefully and attentively to what students tell him or her. In other words, when students find in a teacher a caring heart, they trust the teacher with even personal and intimate matters of the heart that they cannot share with even their best friend.
Above all these things, a teacher inspires. One timely word of appreciation from a teacher can ignite a spark and a fire in the lives of students.
Thus a teacher shining a small burning light even in a remote village might be igniting a fire in the life of a brilliant student who will carry that to the ends of the earth one day!
Felicitation at a Christmas Carol Singing Competition
This night was heaven-breathed. I stand here to felicitate all the participating choirs. Your efforts have not only made this evening special but also brought near to us the joy of the first Christmas.
At a time when Jesus, who was born a child in a manger, is marginalized during Christmas celebrations, your song selections–both traditional as well as contemporary–helped us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Let me congratulate all the winners. May this victory inspire you to make greater efforts to make harmony that will save the world from all dissonance of war, worry, and strife.
Those who did not make it need not lose heart. If your attempt to sing had made you realize the great hope that is held out to all mankind through Christmas; then it was all worthwhile.
I wish all of you a blessed Christmas. Indeed, God came near to us through Christmas. And in Jesus we have a trusted friend. He is our Saviour and Lord and worthy of our highest adoration and worship.
May the love of God and the gift of peace come to you as each one of you go back home tonight even as the heavenly melodies you heard continue to ring joyous bells of Christmas in your hearts.
Blessed Christmas once again even us all of us with prayerful hearts stand holding out lighted candles to sing together the most loved carol of all times, Silent Night, Holy Night!
Sample Felicitation Speech at Youth Leadership Awards Function
Respected Chairman, Honoured Chief Guest, Dignitaries, Asia Pacific Region Youth Representative Elect Mr. …. , Office Bearers, and all delegates attending,
Good evening one and all.
I am privileged and excited to stand here in the midst of this exuberant ambience in this auditorium in the Lion City.
As I look around I see not just youthful faces but potential, diversity of talent with extraordinary drive, ambition, and above all commitment to excel.
Time flies. As I stand here memories flood my mind and there is a surge of emotions hitting me like wave after wave.
I remember distinctly an evening like this when I was elected to be the Asia Pacific Youth Representative thirty years ago in that august meeting held in New Delhi.
That night will always remain special in my mind. It was the first time a woman from India was selected to that post. It then created an increased interest among college students about the philanthropic activities of our Organization.
Tonight, let me congratulate the Elect Mr. . . . As all know he is no stranger to leadership. Right from school days he was a natural fit for leadership roles. Leader of his school, Magazine editor and later Chairman of his college union, he has set an enviable leadership track record.
With today’s oath taking, he is all set to shift gears on to a global stage. His vision about the contribution of youth in our Organization, his charismatic personality, individual talent, persuasive communication skills, extraordinary ability to get the momentum going in all initiatives will definitely set standards of excellence.
His declaration of policy tomorrow, I am sure, will find an eager and enthusiastic following.
On this momentous occasion, let me congratulate this young dynamic youngster doing his Master’s in Business Administration on his election. Let me, on behalf of all gathered here, and as the Senior President of the Asia Pacific region wish him all success.
I assure him off our prayers, cooperation and support.
Thank you one and all.