right of passage/rite of passage
The more common phrase is “rite of passage”—a ritual one goes through to move on to the next stage of life. Learning how to work the combination on a locker is a rite of passage for many entering middle school students. A “right of passage” would be the right to travel through a certain territory, but you are unlikely to have any use for the phrase.
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