By Taylor Smith

Valerie Kaufmann was announced as the Valedictorian of the St. Francis College graduating class of 2018.

She is an Honors Student graduating with a B.A. in Communications and a double minor in Fine Arts and French.

Valerie has kept a GPA of 4.0 throughout her four years at the college and her semester studying abroad in France.

The Endowed Scholar, Student Ambassador, Duns Scotus Honor Society member and Academic Excellence Award winner will give her Valedictorian speech on Thursday, May 17th.

On campus, Valerie was a Model United Nations Delegate, Vice President of the Duns Scotus Honors Society and an SFC Today Staff Editor.

She also interned at Homes for the Homeless, The Smithsonian Institution, the Office of United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, New York State Teachers and the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness.

Valerie regularly volunteers at women’s shelters and leadership organizations in her free time.

“St. Francis has given me so many opportunities, both on and off campus,” said Valerie.

“On campus, I’ve been able to participate in portfolio-building activities such as SFC Today student newspaper and model United Nations.

“Off-campus, there are so many internship opportunities …

“I’ve met many professors here that have been mentors to me, and those connections will continue after my time at St. Francis.

“I’m honored to have been chosen as class of 2018 valedictorian, and can’t wait to see what the future will bring.”

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