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 recorded ceremony.

Friday, May 10
Location: North Coast Church (The Edge), 2405 N Santa Fe Ave, Vista, CA 92084 
Time: 12 p.m. PT
Click here to watch the ceremony live.

Friday, August 9
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Friday, November 8 
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Hearing Dog Graduation
Friday, April 19
Time: 12 p.m.
Click here to watch the recorded ceremony.
Please fill out the RSVP form below to attend the ceremony in person.

Register to attend our April 2024 Graduation

Please join the Southwest Region in celebrating our newest graduates matched with Canine Companions hearing dogs. Our in-person, live graduation will be held at North Coast Church in Vista at 12 p.m. on Friday, April 19. The ceremony will take place in the Warehouse building with limited space for attendance. Please register below to attend.


Southwest Region Graduating Class

Please enjoy our November 2023 graduation ceremony!

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Oceanside, CA 92057
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