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Published On: Fri, May 11th, 2018

Worlds Ahead Graduate Tiffany Ascanio & Her Service Dog Kali

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida – A seven-year-old Pitbull named Kali made FIU history. During this year’s spring commencement, Kali received a notable distinction for her hard work supporting her owner, Worlds Ahead Graduate Tiffany Ascanio.

Worlds Ahead Graduates

These graduates exhibit outstanding perseverance, intelligence and personal strength during their time at FIU, and fully demonstrate and embrace what it means to be Worlds Ahead.

Worlds Ahead Graduates are nominated by faculty members to be personally honored during their commencement ceremony. Their ingenuity, compassion, intelligence and courage set them apart from their graduating class. We mark them down in FIU history through a news feature and in the Past Worlds Ahead Graduates record. Read their profiles to see what makes them Worlds Ahead.

“She is the first service dog to be recognized by FIU’s Disability Resource Center with a certificate of completion,” announced President Mark B. Rosenberg.

The new award was created for service animals who meet federal guidelines and attend all of a student’s classes since the student started using them as an aid.

Kali, who is protected by the ADA against breed specific legislation in Miami, accompanied Ascanio at FIU as she pursued her mechanical engineering degree. The Blue Nose Pitbull, not only put in her share of sleepless nights, but also hit it off with countless students.

“She has more friends than I do!” says Ascanio, who credits Kali as being instrumental to the completion of her degree. “I don’t think I could’ve been as successful here at FIU without her,” she says, “I’ve excelled so much further than I thought I could.”

Both Ascanio and Kali are headed to Seattle where the graduate was recently hired by Boeing commercial airplanes as a manufacturing engineer. But first, the dynamic duo plan on taking a well-deserved road trip where Kali will enjoy some of her favorite things including hiking, being in the water and visiting dolphins at the aquarium.

Kali is the first service dog to be recognized at FIU with this distinction, but the Disability Resource Center hopes she will not be the last!

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