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Notable Salutatorians and Valedictorians.

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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

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Salutatorian from High School.
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    BirthplaceManhattan, New York, USA

    Alternative NameAlicia Cook, Alicia Keyes

    Valedictorian from Professional Performing Arts School, NY, Class of 1997.
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    BirthplaceMuskogee, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Salutatorian from Checotah High School, OK, Class of 2001.
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    BirthplaceDeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

    Valedictorian from DeKalb High School, IL, Class of 1984.
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Salutatorian from Whitney Young High School, IL, Class of 1981.
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    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Alternative NameHillary Clinton

    Valedictorian from Wellesley College, MA, Class of 1969.
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    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Valedictorian from Seishin High School, Japan.
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    BirthplacePlains, Georgia, United States of America

    Salutatorian from Plains High School, GA, Class of 1942.
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    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

    Salutatorian from High School, Class of 1935.
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    John Wayne

    Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)

    BirthplaceWinterset, Iowa, United States of America

    Alternative NameJohn Wayne, Michael Morris, Duke Morrison

    Salutatorian from Glendale High School, CA.
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    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    Salutatorian from Westmoor High School, CA, Class of 1998.
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    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Valedictorian from Binger High School, Class of 1965.
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    Jennifer & Jenesis Gallego

    Valedictorian & Salutatorian from Peekskill High School, NY. Class of 2012.
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Valedictorian from Lycee Francais de Los Angels, CA, Class of 1980.
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    BirthplaceDowney, California, United States of America

    Valedictorian from High School.
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    BirthplaceAlabama, United States of America

    Salutatorian from Pass Christian High School, MI, Class of 1979.
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    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Salutatorian from Columbia College, NY, Class of 1997.
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    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Salutatorian from Belleville High School, NJ, Class of 1955.
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    Walter O'Malley

    Dec. at 75 (1903-1979)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Salutatorian from University of Pennsylvania, Class of 1926.
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    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Salutatorian from High School.
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    W.E.B. Du Bois

    Dec. at 95 (1868-1963)

    BirthplaceGreat Barrington, Massachusetts

    Valedictorian from Great Barrington High School, Class of 1884.
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    Lizzie Butler

    Salutatorian from Wakulla High School, FL, Class of 2008.
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    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    Salutatorian from Dunbar High School, Dayton, OH, Class of 2007.
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    Sondra Locke

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceShelbyville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Valedictorian from Shelbyville Central High School, TN, Class of 1962.
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    Dr. Seuss

    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Valedictorian from High School, Class of 1922.