HU Graduate: “I Live Bold and Unapologetic.”

HU Graduating Senior Kiana Knolland and WHUR’s Molette Green

21-year-old Kiana Knolland is among the nearly two-thousand students graduating Saturday, May 13th from Howard University.  The Wichita, Kansas native is the first person in her family to graduate from college and unlike many of her peers, she will be graduating debt free.  Kiana is graduating with cum laude honors from the university’s School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts in strategic, legal and management communication and a minor in political science.

Kiana comes from a pretty humbled beginning.  She was adopted at the age of one.  Her biological mother was in an abusive relationship that ultimately claimed the life of Kiana’s older sister at the age of seven.  Despite those tragedies, Kiana has persevered.  She received a $110,00 scholarship from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to attend Howard.

Since attending Howard, Kiana has taken full advantage of her connections. She has met with former President Barack Obama in the White House Oval Office and also met the former first lady Michelle Obama.  She has interned at a prestigious public relations firm and event threw out the game ball at the World Series in St. Louis.  So what’s next for this soon to be graduate?  She’s planning to head to Madrid, Spain in the summer to work in a law firm as an intern.  After that, Kiana plans to attend law school.  Kiana Knolland had this advise for other young girls and women who seek to overcome the obstacles in life… ” be unapologetically bold and authentic in all spaces,” she said.

Howard University, producing today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.  Remember the name Kiana Knolland.

Molette Green

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After a long and accomplished broadcast television career, WHUR news reporter Molette Green has returned to WHUR News where she started as a college intern in 1991. Currently she anchors the news during The Steve Harvey Morning Show and The Daily Drum. Upon graduating from Howard Magna **** Laude, Molette spent the next several years on camera as a reporter and an anchor. The Washington native enjoys covering events in her hometown. She’s collected several awards and accolades including the 2003 Salute to Professional African American Women and the 2001 Washington’s Finest Single Professional. Molette resides in Maryland with her husband Rickey and two daughters.

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