Feline ‘graduated’ from UT-Austin after taking owner’s online classes – KIRO 7 News Seattle

AUSTIN, Texas — Purring participation was rewarded on graduation day.

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A graduate woman from the University of Texas at Austin included her cat during the spring start of school. Suki, an 18-month-old feline, has taken all of Francesca Bourdier’s online classes, carefully watching Zoom sessions, KTBC-TV reported.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bourdier has spent most of his college career at home, taking his classes online.

“I was pretty much in my apartment most of the time and had my cat next to me,” Bourdier said. KTBC. “Every time I had my Zoom conference, it was like she almost wanted to listen to it, and she always sat next to my laptop.”

When it came time to receive her sheepskin…er, graduation, Bourdier said she had to include Suki on her big day.

“I kind of wanted to celebrate her and have her with me,” Bourdier said. KTBC.

Bourdier searched online and bought Suki a cap and dress to match her own outfit.

“A lot of people talk about having their pet with them, you know, going to their Zoom conferences because everyone was pretty much home,” Bourdier said. KTBC. “She’s just kind of my special graduate.”

The good news is that Suki won’t be responsible for student loan debts — they’re apparently deferred for cats.

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