sa·​lu·​ta·​to·​ri·​an | \ sə-ˌlü-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce salutatorian (audio) \

Definition of salutatorian

: the student usually having the second highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the salutatory address at the commencement exercises

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There are a record 176 valedictorians and salutatorians among this year’s freshmen. Rick Green,, "By the numbers: Who are the 5,450 members of the Class of 2023 arriving at UConn this week?," 21 Aug. 2019 The move will also allow schools to select valedictorians and salutatorians based on qualities such as character and leadership, in addition to grade-point average. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "A split school board votes to eliminate class rank in Anne Arundel County," 21 June 2019 North County-area high schools salute their valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2019. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County’s high school valedictorians, salutatorians for Class of 2019," 4 July 2019 The bill comes after some area schools decided to eliminate valedictorians and salutatorians. Rachel Berry,, "Losing valedictorians and salutatorians 'a step in the wrong direction,' Ohio lawmaker says," 12 June 2019 Figueroa, who was the salutatorian for the class of 2019, was one of five students who participated in a new academic program at St. Joseph. Rich Mayor,, "St. Joseph grad Zamantha Figueroa brings her best to the field and the classroom," 27 June 2019 With a grade-point average of 4.48, Sharma was named the class’ salutatorian, or the student with the second highest GPA. Lila Seidman,, "Clark Magnet High class of 2019, and 2 robots, graduate," 12 June 2019 Quasjay Selders, 18, graduated as salutatorian of her class at ReNEW Accelerated High School in February., "New Orleans schools seek better discipline process as expulsions drop but suspensions rise," 27 June 2019 Mustafa was the Chandler High salutatorian, with the second-highest GPA after Adrio. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Family of ASU student who died by suicide hopes to inspire change with LaloBoy Foundation," 24 June 2019

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circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

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US : the student who has the second best grades in a graduating class

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