Wilbur Wright College named Carl Allen as its valedictorian for 2014. Carl is part of one of the largest graduating classes in the City Colleges
of Chicago’s history.
Wilbur Wright College valedictorian Carl Allen was born in
Chicago and spent most of his childhood on the West Side in North Lawndale. He
was homeschooled as a child.
In 2006, he moved to Kankakee, Illinois, where he worked at
Lorenzo Smith Elementary School in IT support.
Four years later, he returned to
Chicago, began attending Wright College and is now graduating at the top of his
class and earning his Associate in Arts degree. Carl is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and completed courses in
the Great Books and Global Studies programs.
Carl credits his professors and parents with providing the
support he needed to achieve at the highest levels. Academically, he credits
Wright’s Math Tutoring Center and its interactive, hands-on focus, for turning
his math struggles into success. He also utilized Wright’s Writing Center for
support and ideas.
Carl advises students to ask for help from their professors
and to take advantage of all of the resources available to them through Wright
College. Carl’s favorite subjects at Wright included literature and
political science. With interests in web design and writing, Carl is
considering studying graphic design, journalism or digital media at a four-year
college or university.