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Famous people who were valedictorians are on the list below. Which notable personalities or celebrities graduated as the head of the class? The list includes everyone from influential political figures like Hillary Rodham Clinton, Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster, late night talk show host Conan O'Brien, and sexy supermodel Cindy Crawford.

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, and not just GPA 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.
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    Wellesley College, Class of 1969

    Born: 1947
    Birthplace: Chicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States, with Territories + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat, Official, Author + 1 more
    Institution: Maine East High School, Wellesley College, Yale University, Maine South High School, Yale Law School
    Height: 5'6"
    Friends: George Clooney
    Dated: Robert Reich
    Appointed Role: United States Secretary of State
    Hillary Rodham Clinton : see more

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