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 2016 Graduating Class!
Click here to view the August 2016 Graduation and Matriculation Ceremony photos.
Next Graduation Ceremony:
Friday, November 4, 2016
If you aren’t able to attend in person watch via the livestream at cci.org/graduation.
Future Graduation Dates: