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Canine Companions Graduations

Canine Companions graduation is a special and heartwarming celebration when our clients with disabilities receive their service dogs to begin new journeys. This event marks the start to their lifelong human-canine partnerships – so they can live their lives to the fullest. 

Our graduation ceremonies are held at each of our six regions and are open to the public. Join us in person or watch online! 

To watch the latest regional ceremony recordings, see below.

2024 National Graduation Day Schedule

Fridays, February 9 • May 10 • August 9 • November 8

Southeast Region Graduation

Serving Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama.

Friday, June 7, 2024
11:00 a.m. ET

Northeast Region Graduation

Serving New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Friday, June 7, 2024 Service Dogs for Veterans Virtual Graduation
12:00 p.m. ET

North Central Region Graduation

Serving Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Pennsylvania.

Friday, May 10, 2024
1:00 p.m. ET

South Central Region Graduation

Serving Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Friday, May 10, 2024
12:00 p.m. CT

Southwest Region Graduation

Serving Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii.

Friday, May 10, 2024
12:00 p.m. PT

Northwest Region Graduation

Serving Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska.

Friday, May 31, 2024
12:30 p.m. PT

“My service dogs have helped me realize who I am as a person. Hudson made me brave. Geiler made me fun. And Data made me affectionate. They allowed me to chase my dreams.”

“Now I can sleep knowing Holiday will wake me from nightmares, and she has even reduced the frequency of my flashbacks.”

“I can’t remember what life was before Rupert, because he has taken every aspect of our life and made it so much better for Ellie."