A reunion speech can be fun and elicit a lot of laughs because the speech giver has the opportunity to delve back as long as 30 years or 50 years and talk about events in a different time and place. Use country history and school history in the speech to reminisce with the classmates, who will enjoy remembering where they came from. Thank everyone for coming and welcome special guests. Keep the speech concise and genuine.
The Class at That Time in History
When these classmates graduated from high school or college years ago, they wore different clothes, styled their hair differently and might have had funny nicknames. Talk about what was happening at that time in history. Who was president and what war was going on? What cars did high school students drive? How did people get to school? Reminisce about what government buildings, stores and shops were up then that have since been demolished or changed. What was going on in town? What laws were passed at that time? What changes for women were made?
The Class At School
Before the speech, find the yearbooks from those four years of high school and write a speech based on school life. Take the classmates back in time and mention the politics, friendships and society that occurred at school. Quote the funniest or sweetest senior quotes and get comments from the audience on whether the quotes still apply. If the seniors were assigned superlatives in the yearbook (cutest couple, funniest person, kindest person), bring up some of these during the speech and call the people by name.
The Class Then to Now
Talk about how the changes and wisdom that the classmates have experienced through the years. Whatever mistakes or catastrophes happened, they made each individual who they are today. Read aloud excerpts from the old school newspapers (if possible) and remind the audience how young they were then, and what has since happened in the world to change how they view things and how the world has become a better place.
The Class Interactive
Before the reunion, distribute a questionnaire through mail or e-mail to all of the classmates of that year. Include questions such as: how many children/grandchildren do you have? Where do you live? What are your hobbies? Are you married? If so, for how long? What countries have you travelled to? What is your career and how long have you held your current job? During the opening speech, share with the class who has been married the longest, who has the most grandchildren, who has travelled the farthest and more. Include some of the most interesting facts about the classmates.