Southwest Region Graduations

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Graduation Ceremonies

Canine Companions graduation ceremonies represent the culmination of hard work, love and dedication of many people, including breeder caretakers, puppy raisers, instructors, volunteers, staff members and graduates.

We are grateful to our generous community and appreciate all continued efforts to fulfill our mission of enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by providing expertly trained service dogs and ongoing support completely free of charge.

National graduation ceremonies are OPEN to the public and are free to attend.

Join us for a unique experience that will allow all in attendance to witness our mission firsthand and experience the journey from puppy to service dog. All of our graduation ceremonies will also be available to watch via live stream.

2024 Graduation Ceremonies: 

National Graduation Days
Friday, February 9
Location: El Corazon Senior Center Drive: 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside, CA
Time: 12 p.m. PT
Click here to watch the ceremony live.

Friday, May 10
Location: El Corazon Senior Center Drive: 3302 Senior Center Drive, Oceanside, CA
Time: 12 p.m. PT

Friday, August 9
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Friday, November 8 
Location: TBA
Time: TBA


Southwest Region Graduating Class

Please enjoy our November 2023 graduation ceremony!

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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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