Canine Companions Graduations

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Canine Companions graduation ceremonies honor people with disabilities placed with specially trained assistance dogs nationwide. This celebration marks the end of an assistance dog’s professional training and the beginning of a partnership between a human in need and a canine that will provide endless service and companionship. Graduations are open to the public^ and a wonderful event you won't forget.

COVID-19 Update: Canine Companions is taking precautions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has made the decision to cancel all April and May graduation ceremonies. We understand that this decision may be disappointing, but we know it is in the best interest of all. Please note: While the ceremonies won’t take place, we are committed to moving our mission forward and will be working directly with students to deliver some curriculum through distance learning to the best of our ability. Please check back for updated information.

2020 National Graduation Days - Feb 14 | May 8 & 9* | Aug 14 | Nov 6
*Southeast Region only

2020 Hearing Dog Team Graduation Days at the Northwest and Southeast Training Centers - Mar 6 | May 22 | Sep 4 | Nov 20

For further information about a graduation near you, visit the following links:
North Central | Northeast | Northwest | South Central | Southeast | Southwest

^Service Dogs for Veterans with PTSD ceremonies are not open to the public.

Please be patient while we work to improve our graduation online viewing experience. If you are unable to watch the graduation live, we will be uploading the recorded video, including captions, for your viewing pleasure in the next 72 business hours. Thank you. Click here to read our accessibility statement.

Watch our graduation ceremonies:

Northwest Region Graduation - 2:00 p.m. PT   Southeast Region Graduation - 10:30 a.m. ET.
North Central Region Graduation - 1:00 p.m. ET   Northeast Region Graduation - 12:30 p.m. ET
Southwest Region Graduation - 12 p.m. PT   South Central Region Graduation - 12 p.m. CT