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César Chávez Academy High School
Commencement - Class of 2022

Huntington Place on Thursday, June 2, 2022

César Chávez Academy High Schools' 17th Commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Huntington Place at 5:00 p.m. Please note that doors open at 4:00 pm and close for public access promptly by 4:50.

The ceremony will feature the conferral of diplomas, greetings by the school and district administrators, remarks by student speakers, and the keynote address by the Commencement keynote speaker, Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics.


Families and guests are welcome to attend. Each graduate receives ten (10) tickets and can request more if needed. Guests, please reserve by emailing


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Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. As a bilingual and bicultural researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with Latino populations, health promotion, and disparities. She currently co-leads the NIH funded Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance to address COVID-19 Inequities (CEAL) a coalition to optimize the rollout and real-time evaluation of interventions focused on COVID-19 disparities across diverse populations within the Philadelphia region.

Dr. Villarruel holds many leadership positions. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; she serves as Chair of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Culture of Health Program Advisory Committee, Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Subcommittee for the Selection Review Process and Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Future of Nursing Campaign for Action.


She has received numerous honors and awards including the 2021 Health Care Leader Award from the American Academy of Nursing, the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame Award, the Globy Award for Educational Leadership from the Global Philadelphia Association, and the prestigious Ohtli Award from the government of Mexico. Dr. Villarruel was a resident of Southwest Detroit and she graduated from Holy Redeemer High School; she earned an MSN from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD in nursing from Wayne State University.

Event Information

Parking Information

Currently, Huntington Place has 4,196 parking spaces available for a fee ($16.00) paid by credit card only on a first come first serve basis at the Roof Deck parking, Washington Blvd. Garage, the Huntington Place Congress Street Garage and in the Joe Louis Garage.  Huntington Place is not responsible for items left in vehicles parked in Huntington Place garages.

All parking areas in Huntington Place have handicapped parking spaces and wheelchair accessible facility access. All parking areas accept credit card only as payment. Please arrive prepared. 


COVID-19 Guidelines​

While optional, we are encouraging guests of the Huntington Place to wear face masks and maintain physical distance from others at all times.


Please keep yourselves and everyone around you safe. 

Huntington Place is a GBAC and LEED Gold certified venue and maintains the highest standards of environmental hygiene. 


Graduate, Faculty & Staff​


  • Graduates must arrive at Huntington Place by 1:00 pm, dressed and ready to practice.

    • Bring your cap, gown, tassel, cords, pin, medal, and other regalia accessories.​

    • Eat lunch before arriving at Huntington. Light snacks will be available. 

    • Report to holding room 140B.

    • Do NOT bring backpacks! 

  • Faculty & Staff

    • Faculty & Staff must arrive at Huntington Place by 4:00 pm, dressed and ready to go.

    • Bring your graduation gown (required) and other regalia accessories (optional).​

    • Report to holding room 140A. 

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