Queens College valedictorian wins doctoral scholarship

2020 Valedictorian

Queens College’s valedictorian for the class of 2020 has earned a doctoral scholarship to the University of Virginia.

Vallaire Wallace, a resident of Oakland Gardens, will pursue a doctorate in English at UVA on a full scholarship.

Wallace majored in English and minored in Drama and Theatre at Queens College. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts.

As valedictorian, she would have addressed this year’s graduates and their families at the May commencement. However, the ceremony did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wallace focused her undergraduate studies on 20th century African-American literature and the Harlem Renaissance. She plans to pursue the topic in her doctoral studies.

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