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graduation

[graj-oo-ey-shuh n] /ˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an act of graduating; the state of being graduated.
2.
the ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, as at a college or school.
3.
arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English graduacion < Medieval Latin graduātiōn- (stem of graduātiō). See graduate, -ion
Related forms
nongraduation, noun
postgraduation, adjective
pregraduation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nongraduation

graduation

/ˌɡrædjʊˈeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of graduating or the state of being graduated
2.
the ceremony at which school or college degrees and diplomas are conferred
3.
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 nongraduation

graduation

n.

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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