The Graduates: Where Are the Girls Now?

October 28, 2013 by Craig Phillips in Where Are They Now?

After watching The Graduates (Los Graduados) [airing on PBS in two parts, tonight October 28 and November 4], you — like those of us here at Independent Lens — will no doubt be curious as to what the students featured in the film are up to now.  Straight from the film’s producers, we’ve already received an update, and in some cases where you can follow them further via social media. [Note: If you missed part one on TV, please join us for an online chat and screening Tuesday October 29 at 4 PM Pacific/7 PM Eastern time, via OVEE, featuring actress Aimee Garcia and several education experts.]

First off, here are the young women seen in the “girls hour” of the two-part series.

Darlene Bustos, in The Graduates.
Darlene Bustos, in The Graduates.

Darlene is in her final year at Union Alternative School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  She has begun taking a nursing class at Tulsa Tech in the afternoons that will enable her to start working at a medical facility when she graduates this spring.  After graduation, Darlene would like to get her bachelor’s degree and become a registered nurse.  Her son Alex continues to enjoy school and will start pre-K next year. Darlene was also the subject of a really nice feature in the Tulsa World on her involvement with the film.

On Twitter: @darlin_bustos

Chicago student Stephanie Alvarado in class
Chicago student Stephanie Alvarado in class

Stephanie has started her junior year at Gage Park High School in Chicago.  She plays on the volleyball and softball teams there and is still a part of VOYCE and buildOn.  This summer she participated in the CHANCE college preparatory program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she lived in the dorms, took transportation and engineering classes, and flew a plane at Chicago Executive Airport.

On Twitter: @simplystephie97

Chastity, in The Graduates.
Chastity Salas, in The Graduates.

Chastity spent her summer as an intern at a media company in New York City.  She recently began her freshman year at SUNY Potsdam in upstate New York, where she plans to major in Women and Gender Studies. She is training to become a DJ at her college radio station, 90.3FM WAIH, “The Way.”

We’ll update you on the boys in a follow-up post around the airing of part two of The Graduates: the “boys hour.”

And in case you missed it, read an interview with Graduates filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz.

Craig Phillips

Craig is the digital content producer for Independent Lens, based in San Francisco. He is a film nerd, cartoonist, classic film poster collector, wannabe screenwriter, and owner of/owned by cats.