Southwest Region Graduations

mom and daughter hugging during graduation

Canine Companions’ graduation ceremonies occur four times a year. At these inspiring events, people with disabilities graduate with their new, expertly trained service dogs. These dogs have been in training for over two years and know approximately 40 commands including opening doors, operating light switches and retrieving dropped objects. The graduation ceremony is the culmination of an intensive, residential, two-week Team Training course with these new human-canine partners at the Canine Companions Southwest Training Center in Oceanside.

At this time, our graduation ceremonies are not open to the public. Our next graduation is scheduled for November 5, 2021. More details to come!

Graduation Location Information


North Coast Church*, 2405 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, California

Graduation will be held in The Edge Venue at North Coast

For more information, call (760) 901-4300.

2020 Graduation Dates

Friday, November 6

If you are traveling from outside of Oceanside, click here* for lodging information and deals.

Photos from the November 2019 graduation ceremony were provided by Allison Tenney Photography. You can download or purchase prints here*. Allison has kindly offered to donate a portion of the proceeds from all prints purchased back to Canine Companions for Independence.

Please enjoy the above videos of recent recipients of our expertly trained assistance dogs. Click here to read our accessibility statement.
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Southwest Region Graduating Class

Please enjoy this video featuring our most recent graduate teams! Click here to read our accessibility statement.

Three Canine Companions dogs sitting in front of the Southwest Region campus sign

Canine Companions 

The Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus
124 Rancho del Oro Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 901-4300 Voice
(760) 901-4350 Fax
(800) 572-BARK (2275) Toll-free

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