Definitions for valedictorianˌvæl ɪ dɪkˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr-
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valedictorian, valedictory speaker(noun)
the student with the best grades who usually delivers the valedictory address at commencement
The individual in a graduating class who delivers the farewell or valedictory address, usually the person who graduates with the highest grades.
The individual in a graduating class who graduates with the highest grades.
Origin: Formed 1759, from valediction.
one who pronounces a valedictory address; especially, in American colleges, the student who pronounces the valedictory of the graduating class at the annual commencement, usually the student who ranks first in scholarship
Valedictorian is an academic title conferred upon the student who delivers the closing or farewell statement at a graduation ceremony. The chosen valedictorian is usually the student with the highest ranking among his or her graduating class. The term is an anglicized derivation of the Latin vale dicere, historically rooted in the valedictorian's traditional role as the final speaker at the graduation ceremony. The valedictory address generally is considered a final farewell to classmates, before they disperse to pursue their individual paths after graduating. The term is most often used in the USA, Canada, and The Philippines. Its equivalent in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, and Scotland is dux. Its equivalent in France is "Major de promotion".
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One girl was a valedictorian, she told me: 'I had no friends until I started traveling. No one understood me. I was always bored with everything everybody else wanted to do. I didn't want to go shopping. I wanted to go out into the woods and hike, and nobody understood that.' She thinks she'll go to college eventually and become a teacher.
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- major, valedictorianFrench
- נאום פרידהHebrew
- klas eerste, de student die spreekt tijdens de afsluitceremonieDutch
- toppstudent, avslutningstalare, avskedstalareSwedish
- veda konuşmacısıTurkish
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