ST. LOUIS — The school year may be on the horizon for many students, but for a group of assistance dogs, they're preparing to walk across the figurative stage into a new life of love.

Friday, Duo Dogs, a St. Louis-based facility, will be graduating their newest class of assistance dogs to go into the real world to help those with medical issues, special visits for people in hospitals for touch therapy, and even libraries as an incentive to help kids read more.

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In the mix of Duo's graduation class is Levi, a golden lab who was placed with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. He is the first dog to be at the side of St. Louis County adults and children navigating the justice system, and is a regular inside the jury room.

The graduation ceremony begins at 6 p.m. at Duo's headquarters at 10955 Linpage Place in St. Louis. A meet and greet will be held prior to the ceremony at 5:15 p.m.