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    Service dog and owner receives diploma at Seton Hall University commencement

    Thursday, May 25, 2023 3:36AM

    Atta boy! Service dog receives college diploma alongside owner

    SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey (WABC) — Every dog has its day.

    For one dog in New Jersey, that day came with a cap, gown and… a college diploma.

    A service dog named Justin received a diploma alongside his owner, Grace Mariani, on Monday from Seton Hall University.

    Justin accompanied Mariani to all of her classes as she worked toward her degree in elementary and special education.

    Mariani, a Mahwah resident, earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.

    During the commencement ceremony at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., she was joined by Justin on stage and both received diplomas from Seton Hall’s Joseph E. Nyre.

    The reaction from their fellow Class of 2023 graduates was certainly a perfect way to mark the moment.

    Wherever their road leads next, these two will certainly be a package deal.

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