Canine Companions for Independence graduation ceremonies occur at least four times a year in the North Central region. Graduation marks the end of a rigorous two-week Team Training program where Canine Companions' highly-trained assistance dogs are partnered with a child or adult with a disability or a person who will use the dog to help people with disabilities and both human and canine are trained to work together as a team. During the graduation ceremony, the volunteer puppy raisers of graduating dogs “pass the leash” to the new graduates, marking the official start of a long and valuable partnership and symbolizing the dog’s transition from dog-in-training to assistance dog.

Congratulations to the May 2016 Graduating classes!


Next Graduation Ceremony:

Friday, August 12, 2016
Join us in New Albany at Church of the Resurrection as we celebrate our graduating teams and matriculating dogs. Please RSVP if planning on attending. Space is limited. 

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If you aren’t able to attend in person watch via the livestream at

Future Graduation Dates:
Friday, November 4, 2016  

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