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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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Examples from the web for graduation
  • graduation rates matter to politicians and college presidents.
  • As a professor, attending graduation ceremonies and parties is always a bittersweet experience for me.
  • Enrollments remained strong this year, and reported graduation rates didn't budge.
  • Some of the differences in graduation rates between countries are striking.
  • It was at a graduation party when his relationship fado truly began.
  • Students must be proficient in a second language before graduation.
  • My best friend from college became schizophrenic shortly after graduation.
  • Here are some of the fastest-growing jobs and how you can prepare yourself for them by graduation day.
  • Then we'll follow the lives of the student post graduation and compare notes on the two groups.
  • And the option of using them as a pair or as singles makes graduation to one ski a natural process.
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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