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Service dog graduates with owner at New Jersey college graduation

A service dog named Justin stole the show at graduation this week, when he received his own diploma from the president of Seton Hall University.

The video of Justin graduating, originally posted by the university on social media, quickly went viral for capturing the very special moment the service animal opened up to receive his diploma, alongside his owner, Grace Mariani.

The audience cheered loudly as Justin accepted the rolled-up document, celebrating his dedication to not only helping Mariani, but also attending all of her classes while at school.

Justin holding the diploma in his mouth on the Seton Hall University graduation stage/Kristine Foley via Storyful

Mariani graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Its goal is to teach elementary and special education, the university told CBS News. Justin has been by her side since she received him through the non-profit organization Canine Companions for Independence on Long Island.

Justin, who impressively graduated from college at just 6 years old, is a yellow Labrador-Golden Retriever mix.

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The Seton Hall graduation also featured speeches by former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Borys Gudziak, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archieparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

The university graduated 2,337 students in total this year — or 2,338, if you count Justin.

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