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Dog Receives Honorary College Degree (Because He’s a Very Good Boy)

He accompanied his owner to her classes.




Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, has awarded an honorary degree to a dog who accompanied his owner to her classes.

Brittany Hawley relied on her dog, Griffin, for help as she completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy, the New York Post reports.

Hawley experiences chronic pain and uses a wheelchair. Griffin helps her with tasks such as opening doors and getting things.

Griffin wore a cap and gown like everyone else at Hawley’s recent graduation ceremony, the Post reports.


Clarkson’s board of trustees stated that Griffin exhibited “extraordinary effort, steadfast commitment and diligent dedication to the well-being and student success” of his owner.

The Post quoted Hawley saying, “I pushed for him to graduate from Day One. He did everything I did.”

Read more at the New York Post

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