This Is Waterby David Foster Wallace The late novelist's only commencement address was unforgettable.
Applying an ideological litmus test for commencement speakers is not a good idea.
Kudos to Ex-Mayor Mike, whose Harvard commencement address called for inclusion of more conservatives in higher education.
Of course, this commencement is very different for me—and very special.
The rooms were booked in conjunction with Palin giving the commencement speech in the tiny town of Republic, Washington.
At the commencement of the quarrel he had been unarmed, but he had now seized this weapon in self-defence.
Such was the state of things at the commencement of our story.
It had long been the custom of the seniors to follow the commencement proper with a banquet.
It is now going on seven years since the commencement of this war.
The Greek army was destroyed, and this event marks the commencement of the decadence of Athens.
late 13c., "beginning," from Old French comencement "beginning, start" (Modern French commencement), from comencier (see commence). Meaning "school graduation ceremony" attested by 1850, American English. (Sense "entrance upon the privileges of a master or doctor in a university" is from late 14c.)
I know what you are thinking of -- the class members grouped in a semicircle on the stage, the three scared boys in new ready-made black suits, the seventeen pretty girls in fluffy white dresses (the gowns of the year), each senior holding a ribbon-tied manuscript bulging with thoughts on "Beyond the Alps Lies Italy," "Our Ship is Launched -- Whither Shall it Sail?" and similar topics. [Charles Moreau Harger, "The Real Commencement," "New Outlook," May 8, 1909]