Education Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.  

Roger Royce
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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.

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955) Salutatorian from High School.

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 37 Valedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School, NY, Class of 1997.

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Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 35 Salutatorian from Checotah High School, OK, Class of 2001.

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Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 52 Valedictorian from DeKalb High School, IL, Class of 1984.

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 54 Salutatorian from Whitney Young High School, IL, Class of 1981.

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 70 Valedictorian from Wellesley College, MA, Class of 1969.

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Empress Michiko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 83 Valedictorian from Seishin High School, Japan.

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 93 Salutatorian from Plains High School, GA, Class of 1942.

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) Salutatorian from High School, Class of 1935.

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John Wayne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 72 (1907-1979) Salutatorian from Glendale High School, CA.

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Jacki R. Chan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 37 Salutatorian from Westmoor High School, CA, Class of 1998.

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Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 70 Valedictorian from Binger High School, Class of 1965.

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Jennifer & Jenesis Gallego is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Jennifer & Jenesis Gallego Valedictorian & Salutatorian from Peekskill High School, NY. Class of 2012.

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 55 Valedictorian from Lycee Francais de Los Angels, CA, Class of 1980.

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age 58 Valedictorian from High School.

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Robin Roberts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 61 Salutatorian from Pass Christian High School, MI, Class of 1979.

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Aravind Adiga is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 43 Salutatorian from Columbia College, NY, Class of 1997.

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Connie Francis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 77 Salutatorian from Belleville High School, NJ, Class of 1955.

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Walter O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 76 (1903-1979) Salutatorian from University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1926.

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 44 Salutatorian from High School.

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W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 95 (1868-1963) Valedictorian from Great Barrington High School, Class of 1884.

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Lizzie Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Lizzie Butler Salutatorian from Wakulla High School, FL, Class of 2008.

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Norris Cole is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 29 Salutatorian from Dunbar High School, Dayton, OH, Class of 2007.

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Sondra Locke is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 73 Valedictorian from Shelbyville Central High School, TN, Class of 1962.

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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 87 (1904-1991) Valedictorian from High School, Class of 1922.

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Erich Segal is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 73 (1937-2010) Salutatorian from Harvard College, MA, Class of 1958.

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George H. Hitchings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 93 (1905-1998) Salutatorian from Franklin High School, WA, Class of 1923.

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Robert S. Mulliken is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 90 (1896-1986) Salutatorian from Newburyport High School, MA, Class of 1913.

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Paul Robeson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 78 (1898-1976) Valedictorian from Rutgers College, Class of 1919.

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Robert Byrd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 93 (1917-2010) Valedictorian from Mark Twain High School, Class of 1934.

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John Legend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 37 Salutatorian from High School.

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James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 54 (1795-1849) Salutatorian from University of North Carolina, Class of 1818.

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William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 73 (1857-1930) Salutatorian from Yale College, CT, Class of 1978.

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Tim McGraw is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 50 Salutatorian from High School, Class of 1985.

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Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 74 Valedictorian from High School.

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Bettie Page is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 85 (1923-2008) Salutatorian from Hume-Fogg High School, TN, Class of 1940.

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 58 Valedictorian from Chatsworth High School, CA.

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Brent Liles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 44 (1963-2007) Salutatorian from Troy High School, Fullerton, CA, Class of 1981.

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Emmylou Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 71 Valedictorian from Garfield High School, NC.

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Evan Mecham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 84 (1924-2008) Salutatorian from Altamount High School, UT, Class of 1942.

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George Poage is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 82 (1880-1962) Salutatorian from La Crosse High School, WI, Class of 1899.

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Georgie Anne Geyer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 83 Salutatorian from Calumet High School, IL, Class of 1952.

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Gouverneur Morris is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
Dec. at 64 (1752-1816) Valedictorian from King's College (now Columbia university), Class of 1768.

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Harry Anderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 65 Valedictorian from North Hollywood High School, CA, Class of 1970.

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Jeri Ryan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.
age 50 Salutatorian from High School.