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[graj-oo-ey-shuh n] /ˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃən/
an act of graduating; the state of being graduated.
the ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, as at a college or school.
arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks.
Origin of graduation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English graduacion < Medieval Latin graduātiōn- (stem of graduātiō). See graduate, -ion
Related forms
nongraduation, noun
postgraduation, adjective
pregraduation, noun Unabridged
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  • These petroleum lamps do not give much light, but the graduation of the light is easily effected with them.

  • Phœbe's graduation from the Greenwald High School was her red-letter day.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • Similarly, all intermediate ranks stand half a degree short of the graduation bearing the same number.

  • The day after the graduation, the cards were handed out among the other grades.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • The studies named above are not completed when the teacher has passed out of the training class with a certificate of graduation.

British Dictionary definitions for graduation


the act of graduating or the state of being graduated
the ceremony at which school or college degrees and diplomas are conferred
a mark or division or all the marks or divisions that indicate measure on an instrument or vessel
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Word Origin and History for graduation

early 15c., in alchemy, "tempering, refining of something to a certain degree; measurement according to the four degrees of a quality," from graduate (n.). General sense of "dividing into degrees" is from 1590s; meaning "action of receiving or giving an academic degree" is from early 15c.; in reference to the ceremony where a degree is given, from 1818.

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