The student with the highest academic rank in a class who delivers the valedictory at graduation.(noun)
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Use "valedictorian" in a sentence
"Traditionally, in Vimy-Ridge-Canada, the valedictorian is the student in the graduating class with the highest marks."
"The original meaning of the word "valedictorian" refers to bidding farewell, not to the rank of the student giving the address, but over the years, Brennan said, people have lost sight of the true meaning of the distinction."
"It was this question and others that led me to approach the administration to ask how valedictorian is determined, and what I learned is there are no written policies."