Wrongly Imprisoned for Nine Years, CCTOP Student, Kian Khatibi, Graduates

Kian Khatibi, received his undergraduate degree today from Steinhardt’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.

At 35, Khatabi, who spent his twenties imprisoned for a brutal crime his brother committed, is focused on making something out of his life, determined to give back to the community that helped him moved on. He hopes to attend law school, and aims for a career as a civil rights or public service attorney.

Khatibi transferred to NYU from Westchester Community College through Steinhardt’s Community College Transfer Opportunity Program (CCTOP), a program designed to help students with the transition to university studies through advisement and scholarship funding.

“Kian worked hard at Westchester and Steinhardt and was extremely ambitious, never wasting a minute to further his ambition and goals. We wish him the best,” said Bart Grachan, director of the CCTOP program.

Read the New York Daily News’ account of Khatabi’s journey from state prison to NYU’s Commencement Ceremony at Yankee Stadium.