Loyal Service Dog Earns an Honorary Diploma From Clarkson University

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Published: December 19, 2018
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Brittany Hawley spent the last two years at Clarkson University’s graduate school in upstate New York pursuing a degree in occupational therapy. On December 15, 2018, her hard work paid off as she collected her master’s degree during her graduation ceremony.

By her side was her loyal service dog, Griffin, a 4-year-old Golden Retriever who has spent the past two years attending every lecture, library study session and internship with his favorite human. The Huffington Post reports Hawley saying, “I pushed for him to graduate from Day One.” She continues, “He did everything I did.”

Clarkson University and Hawley wanted to recognize his dedication and service, so they decided that he should be awarded his own honorary degree. The Associated Press reports, “The board of trustees of the Potsdam, New York, school honored the 4-year-old golden retriever at a recognition ceremony Saturday, saying he demonstrated ‘extraordinary effort, steadfast commitment and diligent dedication to the well-being and student success’ of Hawley.”

Griffin not only earned his own honorary diploma, but he also got to participate in the graduation ceremony, crossing the stage in his own cap and gown. What a good boy!

Service Dog Honorary Diploma

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