Black Labrador dog 'graduates' from Spanish varsity

London: A guide dog, sporting a square academic cap, has featured alongside graduates of a Spanish university in the end of course photograph, a media report said on Friday.

Students studying Social Work at the University of Cadiz in southern Spain wanted to pay homage to a familiar face they had seen padding up and down the halls during their degree. Idena, the black Labrador dog for one of the course's visually-impaired students, was included in the class' graduation photographs, appearing alongside his owner and in various other photographs in the end of university memento, The Local news reported.

In one photograph, the dog is seen sporting a mortar board, the square academic cap usually worn by graduating students. Spaniards have welcomed the idea, with many taking to Twitter to comment on the photograph. "I bet this dog attended more lectures than most students!" wrote one Jose Diaz-Reixa.

"Magnificent. Ten out of ten for the University of Cadiz," said Pepe Valdivia.

Idena is not the first dog to make an appearance in a graduation photograph in Spain. History graduates from the University of Santiago de Compostela (2007-2012) also posed alongside a canine friend in their graduation photograph.

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