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Boris the dog makes student's graduation dream come true

A family dog called Boris has attended a Reading University student's graduation ceremony, so that her whole family could celebrate together.

Wearing a mortar board and gown, the four-year-old spring poodle cross watched as Art graduate Daisy Evans picked up her degree.

Boris belongs to Daisy's 19-year-old sister Hollie who suffers with anxiety, which eases in the presence of her pet.

Hollie Evans credited Boris for enabling her to see sister Daisy graduate Credit: Reading University

Boris belongs to Daisy's 19-year-old sister Hollie who suffers with anxiety, which eases in the presence of her pet.

At the height of her anxiety, Hollie did not speak a word for two years, but Boris has made a huge difference to her day-to-day life.

His presence at graduation day on Friday 7 July helped Hollie to overcome her nervousness in large crowds, and allowed the family to have their first outing together in nearly five years.

Boris wore a mortar-board for the occasion Credit: Reading University

The family, from Dartford in Kent, said it was a very proud day.

Hollie said: “It’s lovely to have Boris here. I get very nervous but he helps as he’s a bit of a distraction. He’s part of the family so he should be here. Boris comes with me everywhere – he rescued me.”

Daisy is the first member on her mother’s side of the family to attend university.

Parents Ali and Daren were able to watch her receive her degree in the Great Hall at the University’s London Road campus.

The family travelled from Dartford in Kent for the ceremony Credit: Reading University

Ali said: “Everyone at the University has been very kind. When I emailed explaining the situation, I didn’t think it would be possible to bring Boris, but they said he was very welcome to come. It has made this a special day for Daisy and all our family.”

A University of Reading spokesperson said: “Graduation staff always try to assist students and their guests where possible to ensure everyone attending has the best experience possible. We’re delighted to hear the family enjoyed their day and that bringing Boris made such a difference.”