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- n. a farewell oration (especially one delivered during graduation exercises by an outstanding member of a graduating class)
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The debate was followed by a valedictory address given on behalf of the Dialectic Society's senior class by
"Should the Office of Chief Magistrate Be Awarded to One Distinguished for His Military Services Rather Than to One Distinguished for His Civil Services?" Debate Speech of William W. Avery for the Dialectic Society, June 22, 1836