The title of valedictorian has long been used to designate an individual who has achieved the highest academic excellence. Each USU college must annually select only one valedictorian. The following procedures should assure an acceptable degree of commonality in the selection of valedictorians.
The major consideration for selection of a college valedictorian should be the factor which establishes the student with the highest level of academic performance. All students achieving in the upper three percent of their college graduating class will be evaluated for this honor. The overall grade point average should be used for comparison of academic performance. The following criteria should be used to identify the students who will be considered for a college valedictorian:
1. GPA earned at Utah State University.
2. Minimum of 60 semester credits for which letter grades were earned at Utah State University.
In the event of a "tie," the following factors may be considered by the dean in the selection of a college valedictorian:
1. Availability to participate in commencement activities.
2. Amount and quality of transfer credit.
3. Number of courses repeated.
4. Number of courses taken under the "P-D-F" grading option.
5. Number of credits earned by examination, as well as level of achievement on such credits (i.e., CLEP scores).
6. Number of correspondence and independent study courses.
7. Breadth of educational experience.
The criteria for a college may be more stringent than the University standards listed above.