Father, daughter to graduate together from Madison College

Father, daughter to graduate together from Madison College

When Kiana Miilu walks across the stage to get her diploma from Madison College, she won’t be the only person named Miilu who will graduate.

Her father, 53-year-old David, will share the stage with her.

Both will earn their associate degrees from Madison College at a ceremony scheduled for May 13. Kiana will graduate from the liberal arts program while her father will graduate in supervisory management.

“It is probably going to be about the most wonderful experience I’m going to experience in my lifetime,” David Miilu said.

David Miilu started taking classes at Madison College one semester before his daughter started. On her first day, the two found themselves in the same algebra class without knowing the other was there.

“The real chuckle is when the teacher was doing the roll call and she calls out my name and I could see Kiana kind of get up and turn around and look. And the teacher calls her name and, ‘Asks any relation?’ And she’s like, ‘That’s my dad,'” David Miilu said.

Following graduation, Kiana Miilu plans to transfer to UW-Whitewater to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Her father is undecided as to whether he will pursue a bachelor’s degree.