Talk:Salutatorian

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Famous salutatorians[edit]

A list of famous salutatorians would be a welcome addition to this article. If not already covered in an article on salutatory addresses--which may or may not exist, I haven't checked--a definition/description of "salutatory," perhaps focusing on its etymology and usage history, would also be valuable. Robert K S 16:07, 5 June 2006 (UTC)

I have inserted a list of "famous salutatorians" into the article. Also ... as per my comments on the Talk Page for the Valedictorian article: I think it's acceptable, as long as the information comes through reliable sources (as with anything else on Wikipedia). I actually think it adds a lot to this article. As far as people sliding in their own (or others) names ... that's simply garden-variety Wikipedia vandalism ... and ought to be treated as such. Furthermore, the highly subjective nature of "famous" can be easily interpreted as "notable" ... that is, an individual who has a Wikipedia article ... and, so, problem solved! Thanks. (Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 14:53, 27 April 2009 (UTC))

Notable?[edit]

Trevor Trudeau is notable? 68.39.115.60 (talk) 18:49, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

A: He is now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mooshoopork (talkcontribs) 18:34, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
Hardly. I am sure this kid was recently named high school salutatorian ... and he wants the whole world to know about it. Nothing more, nothing less. He keeps adding his name in, and it keeps getting deleted. His Wikipedia user account has edited this Salutatorian article only. Overall ... just some 18-year-old kid acting like an 8-year-old kid. That's all. Or, at least, that's my diagnosis. (Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 16:20, 5 June 2009 (UTC))

Past lives of the current graduating class[edit]

"In the high school setting, a salutatorian may also be asked to speak about the past lives of the current graduating class…." I somehow don't believe this. Thomas Levine (talk) 00:36, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

What's not to believe? I just think it's rather poorly worded. I believe it simply means that the salutatorian speaks about the history (i.e., "past life") of the class as a whole. (Example: In our freshman year, we did blah blah blah ... In our sophomore year, we did blah blah blah ... and so forth.) I am rather sure the statement is not referring to past lives in the sense of reincarnation. (Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 16:24, 5 June 2009 (UTC))

Canadian Salutatorians?[edit]

I have strong doubts that this title is widespread in Canada. It is certainly not common in Alberta or Quebec. So it would be good if someone who had more information about this could flesh it out a bit, or remove the reference to Canada altogether.--Filll (talk | wpc) 20:30, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Cue Cards at Harvard????[edit]

The one Harvard graduation I attended (in the 80s), the graduating seniors (and only them) had printed copies of the Latin speech, with a translation. This wasn't widely advertised among the audience, but I was let in on the secret. This enabled the seniors to follow along and laugh (or moan) at the correct places, thereby conveying the illusion that they all understood Latin. This might have given the impression that they had cue cards, but they didn't. It would be truly sad if Harvard has abandoned this tradition and uses cue cards instead nowadays. Peterwshor (talk) 12:43, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

As a 2013 grad I can confirm that this cue cards idea is not true. We got printed English translations as well. I'm going to edit that paragraph.24.34.125.104 (talk) 02:56, 17 December 2013 (UTC)