The student’s service dog, Justin, receives his very own college diploma

Bring! A New Jersey student’s service dog named Justin receives his own college diploma for attending all of his wheelchair-bound owner’s classes

  • In the adorable clip, Justin was seen walking alongside his owner while accepting a diploma from college president Joseph E. Nyre
  • Mariani, a wheelchair user, has a Bachelor of Science in Education and now plans to teach elementary school children

A New Jersey student’s service dog has received his own university diploma after attending all of his owner’s classes.

Grace Mariani of Mahwah, New Jersey, has had Justin with her throughout her college life at Seton Hall – and her Labrador golden retriever has also been rewarded for his dedication and time.

Mariani, a wheelchair user, has a Bachelor of Science in Education and now plans to teach elementary school children.

In the adorable clip, four-legged Justin was seen walking alongside his owner while accepting a diploma from college president Joseph E. Nyre.

He sniffed it before mouthing it with relish.

Grace Mariani, of Mahwah, New Jersey, was accompanied by Justin throughout her time at Seton Hall - and the Labrador golden retriever was rewarded for his time

Grace Mariani, of Mahwah, New Jersey, was accompanied by Justin throughout her time at Seton Hall – and the Labrador golden retriever was rewarded for his time

The good boy put the diploma in his mouth while his owner wore her cap and dress

The good boy put the diploma in his mouth while his owner wore her cap and dress

The couple left the stage while the crowd cheered their achievements.

Grace Mariani with her service dog

Grace Mariani with her service dog

Seton Hall wrote on social media: ‚ÄúSeton Hall President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D. Presents Justin, Grace Mariani’s service dog of Mahwah, New Jersey, with a diploma for attending all of Grace’s classes at Seton Hall.

One person wrote online, ‘This is awesome!’ while another added, ‘You’re both awesome.’ Congratulations.’

A third well-wisher said: “OMG! I love it! “Justin definitely deserves a diploma too.”

Justin is a companion dog from Canine Companions.

They told CNN, “When Grace was placed with Canine Companions’ service dog Justin, she said her dream was to go to college and be a teacher.”

“She shared that with Justin by her side, she has the best chance of a successful, independent life.”

First he sniffed the bun before putting it in his mouth and walking across the stage

First he sniffed the bun before putting it in his mouth and walking across the stage

This isn’t the first time this senior season that throngs of family and friends have bought the home due to the determination and bravery of the students collecting their degrees.

In Virginia, a paralyzed shooting victim received an emotional standing ovation from the cheering crowd as he walked across the stage with the help of a robotic exoskeleton to receive his community college diploma.

Khalil Watson, 25, of Henrico, Virginia, was paralyzed from the neck down after being shot just weeks before graduating from high school seven years ago.

Now he’s earned an associate’s degree in pre-social work from Reynolds Community College in Richmond, and thanks to a robotic exoskeleton strapped to his body, he was able to walk across the stage to collect his own diploma.

When his name was called, there was a standing ovation from around the house – his fellow graduates and spectators in the crowd cheered and clapped for his sensational performance.

He got out of his wheelchair, stabilized himself, and then used the breakthrough technology to walk across the platform to collect his certificate.

Bradford Betz

Bradford Betz is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Bradford Betz joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: betz@ustimespost.com.

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