When Grace Mariani graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in education from Seton Hall University, her service dog, Justin, was right beside her, as he had been through all her classes. Her fellow graduates cheered as school President Joseph Nyre handed Mariani her diploma and erupted as he held out a diploma for Justin. Justin glanced over to Mariani, then grasped the tube in his mouth, his tail wagging. They left the stage together to cheers, and more than a few barks. Seton Hall noted that the 6-year-old dog, a mix of yellow Lab and golden retriever, had attended all of Mariani's classes with her. Mariani plans to use her degree to work in elementary education and special education.

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