My BA is from a very good department, one of the best in the US. The department office displays a placard or two listing the no. 1 graduating undergrad of that year.
I was told by one of their world-famous profs that I was no. 1 for my year. That made sense, given the grades I knew about from others. I also went off to what was then a world center for philosophy for graduate work, got some distinguished awards there, etc.
The entry in “the best graduating philosophy student” for my year is blank.
By the time I discovered this, I had had far worse experiences, and really didn’t want to know why I didn’t count.