A beautiful chocolate service Labrador, Hero, accompanied his owner to her college graduation ceremony dressed in matching caps and gowns.
They caused quite a stir over the weekend. On Sunday, this photograph of the graduate at the side of the stage in a wheelchair accompanied by her Labrador, went viral after it was posted online by Redditor tcjones54:
tcjones54 wrote “The girl and the dog received the loudest applause hands down. Very adorable”
Posts on Reddit say the photo was taken at the Saturday convocation ceremony of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.
Redditor AndreThreeHundred said “This picture is everything that is right in the world” .
A day after the original post went viral, the girl in the photograph uploaded another picture to Reddit.
In a caption accompanying the above Imgur photo she said “This is my service dog, Hero, after we graduated with our Master’s degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign”. “Hero knows over forty commands to assist me,” she added on Reddit on Monday, adding that the dog had been quite the “celebrity” at the graduation ceremony. “He loves to retrieve objects for my like envelopes, pens, my crutches, etc. He also turns off the lights, opens doors, and he pulls me in my wheelchair up ramps! I couldn’t have gone to college without him.”