A Service Dog Receives a Diploma Alongside Owner
College is tough, and it can be even tougher when you have to take your wheelchair everywhere you go. That's the case for Grace Mariani.
As Mariani spent years working to get her degree she was not alone, as her service dog Justin went to every class with her.
Mariani earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. When she was making her way across the stage to accept her diploma, as always Justine was right there with her. That's when Seton Hall President Dr. Joseph E. Nyre had a diploma for Justin too.
Nyre signaled to Justin who walked right over and the dog picked up his diploma in his mouth. The crowd roared with an outpouring of cheers and applause.
President Joseph Nyre throws his hands up in celebration after the dog picked up the diploma. He said it makes perfect sense for Justin to get a diploma too as he faithfully escorted Grace to every class.
Justin is six years old. You can imagine that students at the school were very excited to share their joy on Twitter. One of the things a student said is, "I'm not cryin', you cryin'". It's such a sweet few moments. Congratulations continued to pour in for this pair:
CanineCompanions: Congratulations, Grace and #servicedog Justin! Thank you,
, for sharing this special moment!
This has to be the sweetest thing I have ever seen! I cheered with everyone! Well worth the ovation! Congratulations Grace and Justin!