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 November 2016 Graduating Class!


Click here to view the November 2016 Graduation and Matriculation Ceremony photos.

Next Graduation Ceremony:

Friday, February 10, 2017
Please check back for graduation details and location.

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


Future Graduation Dates:

  • May  5, 2017
  • August 4, 2017
  • November 3, 2017 


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