ST. PETERSBURG — Eckerd College held its third Pet Graduation ceremony Tuesday at the college's Fox Hall.
About 25 graduating seniors and their pets participated, including dogs, cats, snakes, a frog, a ferret, a Russian tortoise named Dennis, a rabbit named Boris and a duck named Patrick. Each pet received a certificate.
Eckerd College's commencement is Sunday.
Since 1973, Eckerd has allowed students to keep pets in their dorm rooms. Many pets stay with their owners during their time on campus. Eckerd, the first in the country to allow this practice, believes it eases the strain of being away from home and helps the students deal with the stress of college life.