Francesca Bourdier was part of the University of Texas at Austin’s 2022 graduating class. She says she spent most of her college career at home like any other college student, on Zoom with her cat by her side. So when it came time to accept her diploma, she thought since her cat was often in front of the laptop with her, the cat should graduate too. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and her furbaby Suki wore the same cap and gown (in a different size) for the special event.
"I was pretty much at my apartment for most of the time and I had my cat next to me. Whenever I would have my Zoom lecture on, it's like she almost wanted to listen in on it, and she would always just sit by my laptop," said Bourdier. "I kind of wanted to celebrate her and kind of have her along with me," she said.
Through a quick search online, Bourdier was able to buy Suki her own cap and gown that matched almost exactly. Bourdier says she wanted to make her cat an honorary member of UT’s spring 2022 graduating class.