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Which famous people were the valedictorians in their class? This list includes the most famous valedictorians to date, with everyone from the politically influential Hillary Rodham Clinton, to the Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, to the late night talk show host Conan O'Brien, and supermodel Cindy Crawford. Some of these smart celebs went on to attend Ivy League schools as well.

A valedictorian is the highest ranking student in his or her class, whether it's in high school or college. The student's overall grade point average determines whether he or she ranks as No. 1 in the senior class, but extracurricular activities such as sports, school clubs and volunteer work are also taken into consideration. It is common for the class valedictorian to deliver a moving and memorable graduation speech to the entire class and audience at the commencement ceremony. In fact, the widely used term valedictorian is derived from the Latin phrase "vale dicer," which loosely translates to "to say farewell." 

Check out the list below of famous valedictorians past and present. And to get even more school spirit, check out these hilarious celebrity yearbook photos and this list of famous people who were in marching bands.

Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Famous People Who Were Valedictorians
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Wellesley College, Class of 1969

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat, Official, Author, + more

Credits: The Visible Vote '08- A Presidential Forum, By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, The War Room, First in the South Democratic Candidates Forum on MSNBC

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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Famous People Who Were Valedictorians
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Brookline High School, Class of 1981

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Age: 53

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live, Carson on TCM, Conan

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Lynwood High School

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Downey, California, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Record producer, Keytarist, Television producer, Musician, + more

Credits: UHF, 'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection, Weird Al Presents Al-TV, Spy Hard

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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Famous People Who Were Valedictorians
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Blessed Sacrament School, Class of 1968

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Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Editor, Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

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#32 on The Most Powerful Women In The World

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