It is almost graduation time, and Dean Bogue is leading the graduation rehearsals as if it were the Academy Awards.
UNITY is kicked out of the senior portrait for raising his fist during the shot. The seniors almost revolt, and he is sent to the Dean's office. He and Dean Bogue have a confrontation that reveals two very different philosophies about individuality. He wants to be seen for who he is, and she wants him to "shine from within" and not stand out from the group.
JEAN has decided not to pursue the Chicago Art Institute so that he and Maria can go to college together. They visit a small college near Lake Tahoe, and fall in love with it. But Maria worries that once there, he'll leave her.
BORIS wants to go to Berkeley. There are other schools, but for him it's "Berkeley or Bust."
ELIZABETH, who is not sure she wants to go to college, gets into UC Riverside. She has a painting selected for a student art exhibit, and begins to believe that she can be an artist.
DERARD has completely given up football, and decides to aim for a career in sports medicine. He doesn't want to be one of those guys who keep trying to get into the NFL until they're 30. He and DANIELLE are going to Cal State Long Beach.
Boris doesn't get into Berkeley, but does get into UCLA, and he's happy. He also wins an award for his achievement in English. Dr. Shusterman, who gives him the award believes he'll be "dethroned" when he gets to college. Boris, who is ecstatic to finally get out of high school, is boycotting all senior activities, including the graduation ceremony.
JEN doesn't get into Johnson State in Vermont, the college of her dreams (for some strange reason), but she does get into another state college in Vermont, Lyndon State. She's happy she'll get out of L.A. and jokes about going to college a virgin.
JACQUELINE is still struggling to pass Dr. Shusterman's English class, which she has to do to graduate. She, Elizabeth and Helen do an extra credit video project that gets her over the top, and she'll graduate.
On Senior Ditch Day Jen, Jacqueline, MARIA, Jean and a few friends go to the beach. Jen and Jacqueline talk about their constant struggles with their own view of themselves, but Maria exudes the confidence that, while she may be "fat", she knows she's a "hot babe."
JET's hairstyle has changed almost weekly through the school year. Realizing his knack for helping his friends, he has decided he wants to be a psychologist and enrolls in summer school at a community college.
Jacqueline, who is very religious, wants to be a teacher but doesn't know if that is what God has in store for her. She is going to a small college in Georgia and worries about being in a school with mostly white kids. She is white, but has always been in the minority and she likes that.
KENDRA plans to get a Masters Degree in rehabilitation. She visits a community college, and is again misunderstood by the counselor there, revealing her continuing struggle with how people perceive her.
KARLA, who wants to be a cop, gets an award from a statewide organization for "overcoming difficulties". The award turns out to be not much, in fact more of a PR move for the organization.
Unity is going to the California College of Art and Design in Oakland. On a visit there, he and his cousin, Angel, talk about their past thug life. Unity knows that he learned a lot through that time and it made him stronger as an artist.
Both Maria and Jean get closer to their parents as the end of the school year nears. Jean doesn't want to leave home mad at his dad.
Jen has tried to contact her dad to invite him to graduation, but he never responded. Jen is obviously in pain about that, but ready to move on with her life.
Everyone graduates. All the kids of Senior Year close the book on their public school careers and face the uncertain future.