When honoring a retiring principal, the speech should convey how the principal has impacted the school during their tenure, as well as express thanks and positive wishes for their future. If possible, give specific examples of interactions with students or other teachers over the years. Humorous moments may also be remembered, but it is important not to do so in a way that mocks the retiree, as the point of the speech is to conjure happy memories.
The speech can also detail the retiree's related accomplishments outside of the school. Appropriate things to include are leadership roles, any special titles, educational achievements and charitable work. If the principal knows what their plans are after retirement, it would be considerate to wish them happiness in their future endeavors. A section that details how much the retiree will be missed can also be included for those who were especially beloved by their students and co-workers.