salutatory address

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Noun1.salutatory address - an opening or welcoming statement (especially one delivered at graduation exercises)
oratory - addressing an audience formally (usually a long and rhetorical address and often pompous); "he loved the sound of his own oratory"
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Despite this, however, the speaker finds comfort in the salutatory address by the figure of "Death" to the soldiers' bravery.
Elizabeth Butterworth, a classics major from Auburn, delivered the salutatory address, in Latin, at Princeton University's graduation June 5.
In her salutatory address, Tel Aviv City Council Member Meital Lehavi welcomed the Scientology Center to Jaffa: "The story of this house of yours suits the story of Jaffa.