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 February 2016 Graduating classes!

Next Graduation Ceremony:

Friday, May 13, 2016
The May Graduation Ceremony has reached capacity. We will have a record number of attendees at to our new location. We are pleased about the growing excitement around Canine Companions for Independence and our graduation ceremonies in the North Central Region. We look forward to sharing additional engagement opportunities and hope you will join us for our next graduation on August 12th. Please check back for details. 

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

Future Graduation Dates:
Friday, August 12, 2016
Friday, November 4, 2016  


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