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 August 2015 Graduating class!

Next Graduation Ceremony:

• Friday, November 6, 2015
The graduation ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. Graduation ceremonies are free and open to the public. Graduate dogs and Canine Companions' puppies over the age of six months are encouraged to attend. 

Desserts and beverages will be provided at a reception directly following the ceremony.


Dublin Recreation Center
5600 Post Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017

NOTE: Visit for the most up-to-date information regarding local road closures due to the interchange construction project.

Future Graduation Dates:

  • Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Friday, May 13, 2016
  • Friday, August 12, 2016
  • Friday, November 4, 2016  


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