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commencement

[kuh-mens-muh nt] /kəˈmɛns mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of commencing; beginning:
the commencement of hostilities.
2.
the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
3.
the day on which this ceremony takes place.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See commence, -ment
Related forms
noncommencement, noun
recommencement, noun
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Examples for commencement
  • Graduation from high school marks the commencement of the fourth stage of life, professional development.
  • Thank you for giving us this singular privilege of being part of this commencement ceremony.
  • Excerpts from some of this year's commencement addresses.
  • commencement season in academe inevitably brings controversy.
  • So too will be the commencement of real work to prepare for elections, first at a local level and later at national level.
  • There is a direct correlation between degenerative diseases and the commencement of grain farming.
  • He was also chosen to deliver a commencement address.
  • And in a surprising move, the power of calling for the contest's commencement was handed over to the surfers themselves.
  • Later, two letters appeared that included threats directed at the commencement.
  • Huntsman gave a commencement speech there yesterday.
British Dictionary definitions for commencement

commencement

/kəˈmɛnsmənt/
noun
1.
the beginning; start
2.
  1. (US & Canadian) a ceremony for the presentation of awards at secondary schools
  2. (US) a ceremony for the conferment of academic degrees
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Word Origin and History for commencement
commencement
mid-13c., from O.Fr. comencement (Mod.Fr. commencement), from comencier (see commence).
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