salutatorian

[ suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee-uh n, -tohr- ]
/ səˌlu təˈtɔr i ən, -ˈtoʊr- /

noun

(in some U.S. schools and colleges) the student ranking second highest in the graduating class, who delivers the salutatory at commencement.

Origin of salutatorian

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; salutatory + -an
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