Internet Says Campus Cat Is A “PurrFect Scholar” After Receiving “Doctor of Litter-ature” Degree From US University

Prior to the students’ graduation on Saturday, Max the cat, a beloved member of the town, received an honorary degree of “doctor of litter-ature” from Vermont University. Here at the New England school, a tabby cat has made a name for himself with his friendly demeanor and his craving for attention. The popular tabby lives in a house on the street that goes to the main entrance of the institution with his human family.

“Max the Cat has been an affectionate member of the Castleton family for years,” the Vermont State University Castleton campus posted on Facebook.

For many years, Max has delighted faculty and staff by ambling down the university’s halls.

“The Board of Trustees of the Vermont State Colleges has conferred upon Max Dow the prestigious title of Doctor of Literature, complete with all the catnip perks, scratching post privileges, and litter box responsibilities that come with it,” the social media post stated. “With a resounding purr of approval from the faculty.”

Max’s owner, Ashley Dow, told the Associated Press that the curious cat started visiting the college a few years ago in an effort to interact with the kids.

He enjoys being picked up, played with, and even included in campus tours, which suggests that he knows when and when not to meet prospective students.

Even students pull him up to take pictures with him, the Associated Press reports.

Dow said, “I don’t even know how he knows to go, but he does.” “And he will go on their tour with them after that.”

In the Castleton community, Dow is known as “Max’s mom.” She claimed to have spoken with graduates who return to the town and ask how Max is doing.

When Dow tells Vermont Public that they constructed a shrine for the cat after he stopped going to school, she chuckles.

It included a framed print of Max’s portrait and candles.

Max’s degree will be awarded soon, the university promises, but the amiable feline won’t be walking across the stage at the next graduation ceremony.

Vermont Public reports that the graduation ceremony is scheduled on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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