But this ceremony… commencement… a commencement works every time.
Of course, this commencement is very different for me—and very special.
Watch Tim Cook deliver the 2010 commencement speech at Auburn.
The runner-up, Bill Clinton, has given a commencement address 30 times.
All of which is to say, this will be a commencement to remember.
At the commencement of the quarrel he had been unarmed, but he had now seized this weapon in self-defence.
And so the wedding was set for a few days after commencement.
It had long been the custom of the seniors to follow the commencement proper with a banquet.
Both Douay and Joutel accompanied this expedition from its commencement to its close.
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]