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Cat ‘graduates’ from Varsity after attending every Zoom lecture with Owner

A beautiful cat who attended every Zoom class with its owner identified as Francesca Bourdier has ‘graduated’ from the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

“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.

She says Suki attended every class she had online right by her side, so Bourdier knew she had to include Suki when graduation came around.

“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.

“A lot of people relate to having their pet with them, you know, attending their Zoom lectures because everyone was pretty much at home. She’s just kind of my special graduate,” said Francesca.

Instagram users react 

@nicoleasudduth said: “Only here because I saw you two on the news and I myself am a crazy cat lady’s who’s obsessed with this entire situation.” 

@sabihayounus_ reacted: “Saw you two on the news and it made my day! Congratulations and much love to Suki!” 

@katts_meow said: “Omgosh!! This is priceless!! Congratulations to your BOTH.” 

@lanebuddy commented: “What was your degree in every news article doesn’t mention.” 

@pansihaoting said: “Super cute and congrats! Do you have any tips for making cat-sized caps and gowns?” 

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