I’m not sure how we all missed seeing one really cute dog scamper across the commencement stage this year, but now it’s time to make up for it.
The Johns Hopkins University School of Education made a really sweet move this spring, offering student Carlos Mora’s service dog, Kirsch, an honorary degree for following his owner to all of his classes. Mora received his Masters of Science in Counseling during the May 23 ceremony while his pup wore fitting attire to accompany his best friend: cap and gown ideal for a pint-sized graduate. The result? Amazing pictures like this:
Don’t you just want to snuggle with him?
As Mora and Kirsch walked across the stage to receive their degrees, they shook Dean Andrews’ hand while the following statement was read over the PA:
Our last counseling degree graduate to walk across the stage tonight is Carlos Mora and his service dog Kirsch. Since Kirsch sat through every class with Carlos, both will be receiving a masters degree in mental health counseling. We want everyone to know that Kirsch was not charged for his degree.
Affurmative action at its finest. See what I did there?
Kirsch received his diploma separately from Mora, presented with his degree by Disability Service Coordinator Jennifer Eddinger. She even posed with Kirsch and his owner in commemoration of the momentous occasion.
Kirsch isn’t the only service dog to get his 15 minutes in the spotlight much thanks to a tremendous educational accomplishment.
Ellis, an 80-pound black lab, walked alongside New York Law School graduates in May of 2012 to receive his honorary degree.
Samson was enrolled at Oklahoma University training as a therapy dog with an OU Rehabilitation Science professor for two years before he walked across the stage into his new position as a certified service dog. He, however, had to prove his worthiness by shaking hands before accepting his degree.
Even six-year-old Welsh-Corgie mix Elvis was given a honorary degree from Hope College in Michigan to – oddly enough – solve calculus problems.
Let’s not forget little Hero too, the canine who received an honorary degree this year from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It’s regrettable – some Redditors say – that he was not given the chance to be “dogtorate” or “valedogtorian.”
Isn’t this just the cutest thing you’ve ever heard? BRB, I’m going to go adopt a rescue puppy now.