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Six Degrees of Graduation
Season 03, Episode 24
Air Date May 10, 1993
Writer(s) Bryan Winter
Efrem Seeger
Director Shelley Jensen
Previous The Way We Were
Next Where There's a Will, There's a Way (Part 1)

Six Degrees of Graduation is the twenty-fourth and final episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's third season which was first broadcast on May 10, 1993. It is the last episode to credit Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks as Hubert-Whitten was fired after disagreements over a reduced 10-episode role with NBC due to her pregnancy and was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid for the remaining three seasons.

Summary Edit

Vy anticipates Will's graduation with enthusiasm, but there my be discord when she learns Will is failing music. To pass his music class, Will must sing at the graduation ceremony with a class of 8-year-olds.

Plot Edit

Graduation is less than 4 days away and Will finds that his music teacher is going to fail him but she agrees to allow Will to make up his grades in her advance class, which he finds out is full of 8-year-olds. Will continues to struggle in the class and finds out much to his dismay he is required to perform a recital with the children at graduation in order to graduate. Will helps the children through their stage fright and performs a traditional and rap version of "You Are My Sunshine" while they are all dressed as sunflowers. With his teacher impressed with the performance, Will passes his music class and is allowed to graduate.

Taking Vy's advice on thinking of someone he admires greatly, Carlton is able to do his valedictorian speech without being nervous, ending with him thanking his family and Will, who he refers to as his best friend. Will, Carlton and the rest of the graduates throw their caps into the air in celebration.

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