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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.

2023 National Graduation Day Schedule

Fridays, May 12 • August 11 • November 3

Southeast Region Graduation

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

National Service Dog Month Kick-Off and Hearing Dog Graduation
September 1, 2023
11:00 a.m.

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.

Join us virtually for Service Dogs for Veterans Team Training Graduation
September 1, 2023 11:00 a.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, August 11
1:00 p.m. ET

South Central Region Graduation

Serving Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.

Friday, August 11
12:00 p.m. CT

Southwest Region Graduation

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

Friday, August 11
12:00 p.m. PT

Northwest Region Graduation

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

September 1, 2023
12 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."