"The Graduates"
The Graduates
Season 8
Episode 22
Total Episode Count 188
Written By Jon Pollack, Jeffrey Richman & Chuck Tatham
Directed By Steven Levitan
Production Code 8ARG22
Air Date May 17, 2017
Episode Guide
"Alone Time"
"Lake Life"

The Graduates is the twenty-second and final episode from Season 8 of Modern Family. It aired on May 17, 2017.


Manny's father, Javier, shows up for his graduation and takes him out on a wild night of celebration, and then Jay steps in to pick-up the pieces. Meanwhile, the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan is getting ready for Luke and Manny's big day and dealing with the emotions that come with seeing your kids grow up and leave the nest.[1]

Episode Description

Main Cast

(The characters striked out do not appear in this episode)

  • Jay Pritchett
  • Gloria Pritchett
  • Manny Delgado
  • Joe Pritchett
  • Claire Dunphy
  • Phil Dunphy
  • Haley Dunphy
  • Alex Dunphy
  • Luke Dunphy
  • Mitchell Pritchett
  • Cameron Tucker
  • Lily Tucker-Pritchett

Guest Starring

  • Benjamin Bratt as Javier Delgado
  • Doug Budin as Mr. Peterson
  • Nakia Secrest as Vice Principal
  • Selah Victor as Val
  • Joshua McClenney as Bartender
  • Landon Reese Goldberg as Charlie
  • Sebastian Karantonis as Hipster


  • A memorial dedication to Rico Rodriguez's real-life father Roy Rodriguez appears following the conclusion of this episode.
  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • The show mentions the film Ice Age: Collision Course which features the voices of Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitch) and Adam DeVine (Andy).

Cultural References

  • The title references the film The Graduate, and Phil alludes to it as well.
  • A passer-by says "Nice car, Grey Gardens!" to Claire, referencing the reclusive Beale family. (who had a 1937 Cadillac rusting in the driveway)
  • A dance remix of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D, a common piece of graduation music, plays at the strip club.
  • One of the graduates is "James Earl Carter", possibly a reference to President Jimmy Carter.
  • The show mentions the film Ice Age: Collision Course.