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Marty rests while his owner, Ken Miles, sits with his diploma during the graduation ceremony.

PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Marty rests while his owner, Ken Miles, sits with his diploma during the graduation ceremony.

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The graduates walk their dogs around on the grass at Van Wezel prior to their graduation ceremony.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | The graduates walk their dogs around on the grass at Van Wezel prior to their graduation ceremony.

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The graduates lined up before heading inside the Van Wezel for the graduation ceremony.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | The graduates lined up before heading inside the Van Wezel for the graduation ceremony.

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Rhonda Partain, seated in center, with her new guide dog Caesar and her family who all came in from Rockmart, Georgia for the graduation ceremony.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Rhonda Partain, seated in center, with her new guide dog Caesar and her family who all came in from Rockmart, Georgia for the graduation ceremony.

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Bill Shearon and Tjet Martin with Shearon’s new guide dog, Reese, the first chocolate lab to graduate from Southeastern Guide Dogs.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Bill Shearon and Tjet Martin with Shearon’s new guide dog, Reese, the first chocolate lab to graduate from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

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George Rorick with his new guide dog, Perle, and Perle’s sponsors, Karin and Tim Stewart.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | George Rorick with his new guide dog, Perle, and Perle’s sponsors, Karin and Tim Stewart.

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Nikki Mansfield, Corporal Michael Jernigan, USMC, with his guide dog Brittani, 8, and Doug Mansfield.
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Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Nikki Mansfield, Corporal Michael Jernigan, USMC, with his guide dog Brittani, 8, and Doug Mansfield.

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Keith Hirst, Florence Ruderman and George Cottrell
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Keith Hirst, Florence Ruderman and George Cottrell

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Jennifer Bement welcomes the graduates, families, sponsors and friends of Southeastern Guide Dogs to the 218th graduation ceremony.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Jennifer Bement welcomes the graduates, families, sponsors and friends of Southeastern Guide Dogs to the 218th graduation ceremony.

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Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs, talks about role models.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Titus Herman, CEO of Southeastern Guide Dogs, talks about role models.

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The 218th graduating class receives their diplomas.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | The 218th graduating class receives their diplomas.

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Carlos Rivadulla holds the diploma that he and his guide dog Cindi received at graduation.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Carlos Rivadulla holds the diploma that he and his guide dog Cindi received at graduation.

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Rhonda Partain claps for her fellow graduates.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Rhonda Partain claps for her fellow graduates.

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Susan Blake thanks everyone for all their help while working with her guide dog Didi.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Susan Blake thanks everyone for all their help while working with her guide dog Didi.

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Cindi, Carlos Rivadulla’s guide dog.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Cindi, Carlos Rivadulla’s guide dog.

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George Rorick talks to the crowd about his experience at Southeastern Guide Dogs and his new guide, Perle.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | George Rorick talks to the crowd about his experience at Southeastern Guide Dogs and his new guide, Perle.

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Bill Shearon talks a bit about his time at Southeastern Guide Dogs and his new guide dog Reese.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Bill Shearon talks a bit about his time at Southeastern Guide Dogs and his new guide dog Reese.

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Steve Gladstone, with his guide dog Billy, was the graduate speaker.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Steve Gladstone, with his guide dog Billy, was the graduate speaker.

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Mairi Lamson, Karin Watson, Ashley Hinkelman and Joe Menendez
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Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Mairi Lamson, Karin Watson, Ashley Hinkelman and Joe Menendez

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Deena Keck with her new guide dog, Annie, and Annie’s sponsor Anne Brown. Annie was the only dog in the 218th class to be raised in Sarasota.
PHOTO GALLERY: Southeastern Guide Dogs graduation ceremony

Thursday, May. 9, 2013 | Deena Keck with her new guide dog, Annie, and Annie’s sponsor Anne Brown. Annie was the only dog in the 218th class to be raised in Sarasota.

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