Some Colorado high schools are doing away with 'valedictorian'

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A school district in Colorado has plans to do away with valedictorian awards at its high schools.

Starting with the class of 2026, the Cherry Creek School District in western Arapahoe County, Colorado, will not give special recognition to students who have earned the highest grade-point average in their class at graduations, according to FOX 31 Denver KDVR.

The school district notified parents about the ceremonial change in a recent newsletter, the local news station reported.

The newsletter said faculty have found the tradition no longer appropriate for their students. 

The school district cited a quote from the vice chancellor of enrollment at the University of Denver, Todd Rinehart. The district said the university is “not concerned with schools eliminating class rank or valedictorian recognition” because the distinction isn’t factored in its admission process; it also said that “many college and university admission committees stopped considering class rank years ago, as very few high schools still report a class ranking.”

Further knowledge assessments will be conducted to monitor Cherry Creek students, the letter continued.

Fox News Digital reached out to Cherry Creek Schools for comment.

The school district hasn’t shared news about its decision on its social media accounts, but people have taken the time to share their thoughts about it on Twitter and Facebook.

Valedictorian is a title that’s typically awarded to students who have earned the highest grade-point average in their class at graduation.

Many commenters appear to be against the idea of removing the valedictorian recognition.

Historical records show graduation ceremonies reportedly date back to the first universities in 12th century Europe. 

The tradition of honoring valedictorians seems to have started in 1772 at the historic College of William & Mary, according to the school textbook “Their Majesties Royall Colledge: William and Mary in the 17th and 18th Centuries.”

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