Seton Hall University had an extra-special graduate last week. Justin, a six-year-old service dog for Grace Mariani, was given an honorary diploma during the school's graduation ceremony. Check out the video below to see the heartwarming moment!
Seton Hall President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. presents Justin, the service dog for Grace Mariani, of Mahwah, NJ, with a diploma for attending all of Grace’s classes at Seton Hall. pic.twitter.com/sZgHD5Fs3X— Seton Hall (@SetonHall) May 23, 2023
Justin wore a matching blue hat and bandana to fit in as one of the graduates. The arena erupted with applause and cheers as the two crossed the stage and were handed their diplomas.
Grace received Justin from Canine Companions for Independence. He is her second dog from the organization according to Jeanine Konopelski, the nonprofit’s Vice President of Marketing and Advocacy.
“When Grace was matched with Canine Companions Service Dog Justin, she said her dream was to go away to college and become a teacher,” Konopelski said. “She shared that with Justin by her side, she has the best chance for a successful, independent life."
Grace plans on teaching elementary and special education after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Congratulations to Grace and Justin!
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