November 05, 2014 08:00 PM

The class of 2014 is impossible to fur-get.

These accomplished graduates reached an important meow-stone Tuesday: their “Kittergarten” graduation, which celebrated their move from the ASPCA’s kitten nursery in New York City to the facility’s adoption center. From there, they hope to find forever homes.

Similar to traditional graduation ceremonies, the event included a speech – from Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of ASPCA’s Adoption Center – a procession of the graduates receiving their “diplomas” while sitting in graduation caps, and plenty of congratulatory chin scratches and cuddles, of course.

“I think the kittens were more interested in the tassels than the speeches, but it’s always playtime for them,” says the ASPCA’s media and communications director, Alison Jimenez, who was there to cheer them on. “We are so proud of these little New Yorkers and are excited to see them start their new lives in loving homes.”

These adorable babies – many of whom came to the nursery, which opened in the summer of 2014, as neonates and were in jeopardy from the moment they were born – deserved every minute of the pomp and circumstance. They received extensive, round-the-clock care from a dedicated team, pulled through like champions and are now ready start their career as someone’s loving pet.

These photos from the event are purr-fect for the yearbook!

Don’t fur-get where you came from!

Follow your dreams … and all laser pointers.

May your future be filled with endless cuddles.

The tassel’s totally worth the hassle!

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