Monday, July 27, 2009

Behind the Scenes at Graduation

By Joanne Ritter

A row of Guide Dogs at a graduation ceremony.

Graduations at Guide Dogs for the Blind are unique celebrations – they represent the coming together of hard work, passion and commitment of so many people: puppy raisers, staff, students and supporters.  

This past Saturday was a perfect day weather-wise and in so many other ways for a graduation ceremony on our California campus. In the following two videos, I’d like to take you behind the scenes so you can meet some of the people in this wonderful community.

If you haven’t yet been to a graduation at either of our campuses (San Rafael, California or Boring, Oregon), what’s stopping you? They’re open to the public. You’ll find schedules and directions on our website, Bring the whole family!

Question: What did you enjoy most about your last GDB graduation?

1 comment:

  1. Well that is a tough one...

    I have been giving tours before graduation lately. The puppy that was available for my first group to pet was the same one that ended up on stage with Nancy. That was kinda neat. As I was finishing up in the kennels with my second group, another docent asked me if I was a trainer. Well, no was the answer, but I was able to answer a question for her. That was also pretty neat since I am a graduate that would LOVE to find myself working at GDB. Though, I think the best part was waiting to see if Solana was to be on stage when Ben was announced as a member of the training team. Second best thing was cheering for my Braille Instructor, Davina, heading out to the real world with her new guide.

    Seth & Bamboo.