Here are some of the Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians from High Schools and Colleges. This list highlights numerous successful professionals, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Jimmy Carter, Albert Einstein, Carrie Underwood and Hillary Rodham Clinton. The top graduate with higher grades is referred to as Valedictorian, whereas the honor of becoming a Salutatorian requires the highest overall GPA as well as the mastery on effective public speaking, excellent language skills and strength in extracurricular activities. Princeton University chooses a "Latin Salutatorian" based on the ability to write and deliver a speech to the audience in that language. The title "Salutatorian" comes from the salutatorian's traditional role as the first speaker at the graduation ceremony, delivering the salutatory speech.The Valedictorian usually delivers the "valedictory" address (i.e. bidding farewell and good bye) while the Salutatorian delivers the "salutatory" address (i.e. expressing welcome to the new world) to fellow students, teachers and families in the audience.
- Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
Birthplace: Ulm, GermanySalutatorian from High School.
- Age: 41
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, USAValedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School, NY, Class of 1997.
- Age: 38
Birthplace: Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States of AmericaSalutatorian from Checotah High School, OK, Class of 2001.
- Age: 55
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States of AmericaValedictorian from DeKalb High School, IL, Class of 1984.
- Age: 58
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USASalutatorian from Whitney Young High School, IL, Class of 1981.
- Age: 74
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USAValedictorian from Wellesley College, MA, Class of 1969.
- Age: 87
Birthplace: Tokyo, JapanValedictorian from Seishin High School, Japan.
- Age: 97
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States of AmericaSalutatorian from Plains High School, GA, Class of 1942.
- Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)
Birthplace: USA, Massachussetts, BrooklineSalutatorian from High School, Class of 1935.
- Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States of AmericaSalutatorian from Glendale High School, CA.
- Age: 41
Birthplace: USA, California, San FranciscoSalutatorian from Westmoor High School, CA, Class of 1998.
- Age: 74
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of AmericaValedictorian from Binger High School, Class of 1965.
Jennifer & Jenesis GallegoValedictorian & Salutatorian from Peekskill High School, NY. Class of 2012.
- Age: 59
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USAValedictorian from Lycee Francais de Los Angels, CA, Class of 1980.
- Age: 62
Birthplace: Downey, California, United States of AmericaValedictorian from High School.
- Age: 65
Birthplace: Alabama, United States of AmericaSalutatorian from Pass Christian High School, MI, Class of 1979.
- Age: 47
Birthplace: Chennai, IndiaSalutatorian from Columbia College, NY, Class of 1997.
- Age: 83
Birthplace: USA, Newark, New JerseySalutatorian from Belleville High School, NJ, Class of 1955.
- Dec. at 75 (1903-1979)
Birthplace: New York City, New YorkSalutatorian from University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1926.
- Age: 48
Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, United KingdomSalutatorian from High School.
- Dec. at 95 (1868-1963)
Birthplace: Great Barrington, MassachusettsValedictorian from Great Barrington High School, Class of 1884.
Lizzie ButlerSalutatorian from Wakulla High School, FL, Class of 2008.
- Age: 33
Birthplace: Dayton, OhioSalutatorian from Dunbar High School, Dayton, OH, Class of 2007.
Sondra LockeAge: 77
Birthplace: Shelbyville, Tennessee, USAValedictorian from Shelbyville Central High School, TN, Class of 1962.
- Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)
Birthplace: Springfield, MassachusettsValedictorian from High School, Class of 1922.