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Service Dog Graduates Alongside His Human!


A University of West Georgia student recently graduated from nursing school with a special friend at her side. Maggie Leptrone and her service dog, Mona, both received diplomas during the university’s ceremony in December.

Mona is a Diabetic Alert Dog that’s been with Maggie during her studies and received a diploma of her own! Mona is the first canine companion in the school’s history to get an honorary “dog-gree” according to the school.

“I am so excited that Mona can be a trailblazer at UWG for students like me who require a service dog to manage their health,” Leptrone said. “In my junior year of high school, there came a day when my blood sugar went way too low and I could not get it back to where it needed to be for a long time. I drifted into a mini-coma during my sleep, and my parents could not wake me up for a long time. Once I came to and got my blood sugar back to a manageable level, my mom decided that I needed something I could really depend on in my upcoming college life.”

Image Courtesy of University of West Georgia

Leptrone graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Tanner Health System School of Nursing (THSSON) at the university. Dr. Jenny Schuessler, dean of THSSON, said of the graduates, “Maggie – and Mona, of course – are truly extraordinary,” Schuessler said. “Having been a diabetic for most of her life, Maggie knows what it’s like to need good nursing care, so to see her excel through nursing school has been such a rewarding experience. She credits the supportive care from her nursing professors for her success, but the faculty give all the credit to Maggie.”

Congratulations to the graduates!

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