Lilia Chavez embraces her son Cesar Chavez Jr. after his graduation from UIC College Preparatory High School. “I was feeling very emotional,” Lilia Chavez said. “He’s come a long way.” Cesar Chavez, who graduated on the High Honor Roll, received a full ride to attend Washington University in St. Louis and is considering a degree in journalism, communications or education.
Rites of Passage define our lives. They signify the progress of time as well as our citizenship in a tribe, in a culture — in life itself.
Chicago commemorates these moments in ways that reflect its diversity, but through difference, we find commonality. We are all connected through these formal and informal ceremonies that remind us how much family, love and time shape us.