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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A YouTube video of the Salutatory Address of Krisel Mallari during the Santo NiAaAaAeA~o Parochial School's 13th Commencement Exercises on Mar 21 is being shared by netizens on Facebook.
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.