After ten days of team training, where the handler teaches the clients skills to work with their dog, we celebrate the new partnership with a Graduation Ceremony. The graduation is held the second Thursday of June and December.
It is also a time when ICAN Handlers are given the opportunity to share with the guests on how being in the ICAN program has made an impact in their lives. From there, the handler introduces the client and places the official service dog vest on the dog and hands him/her over to their forever friend. The evening is emotional, yet inspirational, because you will witness ICAN's two components, helping the inmate, helping someone living with a disability, come full circle.
A huge thanks to Taylor's Bakery for providing our graduation the wonderful cakes!
Our graduations take place at the Indiana Women's Prison (IWP) at 7PM. We include a light reception that is prepared by the women in the IWP Culinary Program, to allow you time to meet the handlers, dogs and clients, followed by a one hour graduation ceremony. Each graduation has a theme in which our handlers work all month long preparing decor for the room to make our guests feel welcomed.
It is an evening filled with celebration and one with tears as both of our components come together one last time before taking the dogs to their forever home. We hope you will come celebrate with us at one of our future graduations!
THURSDAY, JUNE 13th (deadline to register is June 5th) and THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12th (deadline to register is December 4th)
7PM (arrival time required between 6:15 -6:45pm)
Indiana Women's Prison
IMPORTANT: You MUST be 18 years or older to attend and MUST be pre-registered. Sorry, but NO EXCEPTIONS can be made due to prison policies.
DONATIONS NEEDED! If you are interested in donating any gift cards from Kroger's, Costco, GFS or Michaels, for our team training lunches, supplies and the graduation reception, please contact Dino at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-672-3864. A cash donation may also be done online at DONATE NOW. Thank you!
To register for ICAN's next upcoming graduation on June 13th please register at ICAN JUNE GRADUATION. An online registration will allow you to register to attend. Thank you!
Cheryl receiving Rainier from handler, Alkea
Check out some photos from previous ICAN graduation ceremonies below! (Photos by Liz Kaye Photography)