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valedictorian vs. salutatorian
[ val-i-dik-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr- ]
- a student, usually the one ranking highest academically in a school graduating class, who delivers the valedictory at the commencement exercises.
[ suh-loo-tuh-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr- ]
- (in some U.S. schools and colleges) the student ranking second highest in the graduating class, who delivers the salutatory at commencement.