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.