Student’s Cat Steals the Show at Graduation

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Francesca Bourdier viral cat
Instagram via @francescabourdier

Let's be honest: working from home with pets can be a bit distracting - and not just to you. If you have a pet, your coworkers, classmates, or college peers have probably caught a glimpse of your fur-baby casually moseying across their computer screens during a Zoom class or meeting. In fact, one particular cat from Austin, Texas, made such frequent appearances on her owner's Zoom lectures that she ended up graduating as well.

Meet Suki, Francesca Bourdier's cat who attended nearly every lecture along with her owner at the University of Texas at Austin. Deciding that Suki had also been somewhat of a college student throughout the years, Francesca decided there were not one, but two graduates in her home that year. She even bought Suki a graduation robe and hat to match her own - and the result was hilariously cute!

Francesca Bourdier cat graduation
Instagram via @francescabourdier

"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," Francesca shared, explaining her idea behind the hilarious photo. Luckily for us, she posted the adorable photos of her and Suki on Instagram, captioning them, "Yes, my cat attended every zoom lecture I had so we will BOTH be graduating from THE University of Texas at Austin together." LOL. In the photo, Francesca and her little feline friend are sitting on her bed, both dressed in their matching graduation outfits, with Suki looking wise beyond her years. After all, isn't that what college is for? Mission accomplished!

Suki became an instant star. Francesca's followers flooded the comments section with support for the cat's achievements (and for Francesca), with one person writing: "This is the cutest and most original thing I've seen in a while! Congratulations to the both of you," while another user wrote: "Do you have an Instagram for your cat because I'd like to follow?" (Psst, she does.) Other commenters followed Francesca's story all the way from the headlines, writing, "Only here because I saw you two on the news, and I myself am a crazy cat lady who's obsessed with this entire situation." LMAO (same, to be honest). Stay tuned for more hilarious posts!