Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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Meet the Graduates of 2020

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”
—Confucius

 

Volunteer puppy raiser CJ sits on the stone wall with black lab Nils on the campus of Hobart and William Smith College.

CJ Sturges and Nils

 

Volunteer and teacher Tara Kesel with her class of senior students along with black lab Starsky.

Tara Kesel’s class of 2020 seniors and Starsky

 

Drew Baginski wears his graduation cap along with a blue stole around his neck which reads, "GEB".

Drew Baginski

 

Elizabeth kneels in the grass while wearing her graduation cap and purple stole and holding her graduation diploma out for the camera to see. Black lab Tacoma, wearing a blue graduation cap and her blue pup on program vest, sits next to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Williams and Tacoma

 

Hannah Schayes sits on a chair with a graduation banner hung on the wall in the background. Hannah holds a 2020 graduation coffee mug in her hand as she smiles and bends over to pose with a photo with her pack of dogs: black lab Junie (on program), yellow lab Vera (released), and scruffy white pup Oliver (family pet).

Hannah Schayes and Junie, Vera, & Oliver

 

Destiny Orantes sits on the stone wall sign for Cornell University with black lab Charlottes. Both Destiny and Charlotte wear graduation caps.

Destiny Orantes and Charlotte

 

Olivia Miller kneels on the ground outside a campus building wearing a blue graduation gown. Young yellow lab pup Cici sits beside her and looks eagerly toward the camera.

Olivia Miller and Cici

 

Natalie sits on the grass with black lab puppy Kelsey laying beside her. Behind the pair is a sign for graduates from the Masters School which reads, "Class of 2020. Distanced but together. United by our might."

Natalie Lockhart and Kelsey

 

Paige stands in her white graduation cap and gown with yellow lab Bo in a down position at her feet. The pair stand in front of a blue step-and-repeat patterned with the logos of Hudson High School.

Paige Dyer and Bo

 

Stephanie Leonor wears a red print dress and sits on a curb with black lab Dover at her side. Stephanie is graduating from Gilmour Academy.

Stephanie Leonor and Dover

 

Bryanna Schleifer sits in front of a blue door with yellow Lab Windy. Windy wears her Guiding Eyes puppy jacket. Bryanna attended Orange High School.

Bryanna Schleifer and Windy

 

Olivia Tzefronis holds yellow Lab pup Zoom on her lap. Zoom is wearing a blue bandana and is looking at the camera. Olivia Is graduating from Orange High School.

Olivia Tzefronis and Zoom

 

Kate Tzefronis and black lab Pinto lie side by side in a photo from Halloween. Kate attended Orange High School.

Kate Tzefronis and Pinto

 

Emily Williams stands in front of the clock tower at Cornell University with black lab mix Parker (rescue) and yellow lab Kelley (released) sitting on either side.

Emily Williams and Parker & Kelley

 

Gabriella lays on the porch and smiles for the camera with her arm on yellow lab puppy Jaedah who is in the middle of a nap.

Gabriella Zunino (pre-school graduate!) and Jaedah

 

Julia Halburian kneels in the grass wearing sunglasses and a black graduation cap and gown. Her arm is around coated black and tan German Shepherd Arya who is sitting and smiling for the camera. In the background, balloon words are hung on the white building wall which spell out "Congrats" in gold.

Julia Halburian and Arya

 

Caroline Halburian kneels in the grass wearing a black graduation cap and gown. Caroline wraps her arms around coated black and tan German Shepherd Arya who is sitting and smiling for the camera. In the background, balloon words are hung on the white building wall which spell out "Congrats" in gold.

Caroline Halburian and Arya

 

Sara Beck stands on the dock while wearing a green Unity College t-shirt. Sitting at her side is Wilfred, a black pup on program wearing his blue Guiding Eyes training vest.

Sara Beck and Wilfred

 

Wes stands in a Lowe's next to an employee with yellow lab Henry laying at Wes' feet. Henry is wearing his blue pup on program vest.

Wes Hutchins and Henry

 

Hannah Clifford gives a kiss to chestnut horse Fuego. Hannah holds a bright red umbrella and wears a horseback riding helmet on her head.

Hannah Clifford and Fuego

 

Christina Brilla stands outside a Unity College campus building with black lab Walden laying at her feet. Walden looks up to check in with Christina with his large tongue hanging out of his mouth.

Christina Brilla and Walden

 

Nicole poses for a photo with graduate team Kate Franklin and yellow lab guide dog Bernard after their graduation ceremony in Alumni Hall.

Nicole McGovern and Bernard

 

Emily sits in the grass with her hand on her chin and an arm around sitting yellow lab Keene.

Emily Atland and Keene

 

Lauren Doninger kneels in the grass while wearing a professor's graduation outfit of cap and gown with her arm on the back of laying yellow lab Meadow. Meadow is wearing her blue Guiding Eyes training Vest. The pair pose next to a sign which reads, "Hurray Liberal Arts & Sciences! Next stop, baccalaureate!"

Professor Lauren Doninger and Meadow with a message for Gateway Community College graduates

 

Amber kneels in the grass while wearing her black graduation gown with her hand on sitting black lab Judy. Amber holds out her graduation cap with the top decorated with white and red flowers and the words, "Yay for us!"

Amber Paparodis and Judy

 

Justin sits on the bench in the Ohio State Student's Union next to the statue of Brutus Buckeye. Yellow lab Vanya sits at Justin's feet in a "close" position. Vanya is wearing her blue Guiding Eyes training vest.

Justin Ballmer and Vanya

 

Jamie smiles for the camera while holding black lab puppy Secret in her arms.

Jamie Dunn and Secret

 

Elizabeth kneels on the mat by the wooden front door while wearing a black cap and gown with a red stole around her shoulders. Black and tan German Shepherd Kindra sits in front of Elizabeth wearing her blue Guiding Eyes training vest with her head slightly tilted.

Elizabeth Vacchiano and Kindra

 

Lucia stands outside her front door wearing the traditional black cap and gown. Lucia, a black and tan German Shepherd, sits at her feet wearing her blue Guiding Eyes training vest. A sign reading "Congratulations class of 2020!" hangs above the front door.

Lucia Vacchiano and Kindra

 

Emily sits on a stone wall on the campus of Ithaca College wearing a navy graduation gown with a white stole around her shoulders. On Emily's left is adolescent yellow lab puppy Madeline, and on Emily's right is black lab Teagan.

Emily Altchiler and Teagan & Madeline

 

Ainsley sits on the brick path outside surrounded by black labs Tag, Judge, and Kingston.

Ainsley Smith and Tag, Judge, & Kingston

 

Scott kneels in the grass with sitting yellow lab Gomez by his side.

Scott Gauthier and Gomez

 

Keanna kneels on the ground with on campus at Ithaca College with yellow lab Blue at sitting beside her. Blue is wearing his blue Guiding Eyes training vest and has his mouth open in a happy smile as he looks toward the camera.

Keanna Morales and Blue

 

Lizzy kneels in the grass while wearing a red graduation cap and gown. Black lab Kiki sits to Lizzy's side while in her blue Guiding Eyes training vest.

Lizzy Cappelli and Kiki

 

Sam kneels on the carpeted floor of the classroom at Ithaca College with black lab Elaine on her lab. Seat in a chair is Liz Bottner with her guide dog Ocala, a black lab, seated beside her.

Sam Epstein and Elaine (with graduate team Liz Bottner and Ocala)

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Dawn smiles with her arm around sitting yellow lab Colonel. The pair are in front of some bright pink flowers.
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